"Living with an invisible condition hasn’t only negatively affected me. In many ways, it’s been an experience that’s improved who I am. When I was first diagnosed with IBS in my early years of sixth form it felt remarkably like I was suddenly stopped in my development as a young adult by an inconvenient and unwanted problem. How wrong I was!
Admittedly, there have been bad times where IBS has been an obstacle but for the most part it’s actually forced me to grow up and develop skills in a way nothing else has. Managing my degree studies, social life, doctor’s appointments and a part time job has taught me a great deal about managing time. Having to carry on through tough times with symptoms has made me into a far more resilient individual too. No matter how many times I’ve been knocked down or held back, I’ve learned how to catch up and carry on!
Managing medication and diet to reduce symptoms from my condition has also taught me to be far more conscientious in all aspects of my life. Spending time ill also gave me much better understanding of other people’s difficulties creating a far more empathetic mind-set in me that helps with teamwork.
My plus is my attention to detail, tenacious attitude, constant conscious care of my actions and empathetic attitude which have all improved what I can offer to employers as these skills are, rightfully, prized." - James Thorp