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8 Tips for Navigating Grad School with a Chronic Illness

When I was writing a previous post about staying focused on your academic work during the summer, it occurred to me that while I’ve mentioned having a chronic illness while being in grad school and did a post on traveling with fibromyalgia, I’ve never done a specific post on navigating your grad school experience while dealing with a chronic illness.
Being a grad student is a daunting experience, even if you’re in the best of health. And even for healthy people, the stress of grad school can lead to health problems if you don’t take care of yourself. I know so many people in my old department who were diagnosed with various health problems, from mental health issues like anxiety and depression to chronic illnesses or other serious conditions during their time in grad school. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.
But what do you do when you are diagnosed during grad school, or enter grad school already having your chronic illness? It’s not a topic covered in new student orientation. I was…

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