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    I have accepted an unconditional offer to Leicester Uni, the only thing is I have an illness at the moment, I will be direct = tumor + brain. Because of this I have been rushed to hospital once and continue to have scans and tests and am on medication. I live in Essex and my parents worry about me being away from home (I do too) as some days I feel very rough.

    I don't know what to do. I have already taken a year out (I worked for 6 months before being diagnosed) and I really don't want to take another. Should I apply to a closer uni in Essex or London and commute? Go to Leicester?

    Aah please help!
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    Anyone have any advice or suggestions? It would be much appreciated :-)

    I think that this is a very personal situation. It all depends on how you feel. The most important thing is that you feel secure and comfortable in your surroundings - if you know that you will have a back-up with your parents and feel safer near them then maybe you should apply to a closer location.

    But if you feel better (have been feeling better for a while now) and think that Leicester is the place for you - where there is a social network and a good medical facility, then you may decide to go there.

    That's the best advice I can give you.
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    In terms of pressure and added fatigue, you are likely to find commuting in to London worse than just being away from home for 10 week stretches. If you have visited Leicester and are happy with the environment, then it might be less stressful, when coping with the course and your health at the same time.

    One thing you don't mention, but might need to consider, do you require ongoing medical care, and if so, would that be based in Leicester or Essex, or are you already going into a specialist in London or somesuch?

    You would do well to try to speak to Leicester and get a feel for how accommodating they can be to you, do they have facilities for your needs (if any), do you need ground floor accommodation, or to be near your faculty etc. If they sound as if they understand and can help, then go.

    If you want to go to Leicester, but it is really your family that are worried, have you considered taking them up there to see the Uni? Perhaps if they saw the faculty, the accommodation, the medical centre etc they would be reassured?
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    I have taken my family up there already and they did like the look of it, I would just need the uni to be more understanding of the fact that I may not make all the lectures. And also I would feel bad for the people who were in the same dorms as me as they may feel uncomfortable about me being ill.

    At the moment my only treatment are meds, radiotherapy is a possible and so is surgery but I thats a matter of waiting for the doctors to decide.

    London would be a far travel, and there are only two unis in Essex, Essex Uni and ARU Chelmsford. But hey, prestige isn't everything is it?
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