mentioning my condition in my personal statement?

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LilyStar40
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i want to do medicine at university and thought it would be beneficial to talk about a neurological condition i have which inspired me to help others.
however, i dont want to be labelled as disabled (even though my condition has not stopped me from doing basic stuff) and i fear that it will decrease my chances of getting an offer.
both my parents say not to write about it but 2 teachers i have spoken to at school who edited my personal statement told me it would be much better to write about it as i can make it more personal and it will link my paragraphs better.
i am so conflicted about what to do. i want to write about it because it will make my personal statement more personal and unique but i don't want anything to put me at a disadvantage of getting an offer as i know some unis may discriminate against me...
should i write about it or not?? is there anyone who has written about a condition or illness in their personal statement for medicine who has received offers from unis??
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If you include it in your ucas information, you could get lower offers and stuff. I would include it, but maybe use some anecdotes to explain why you wanna be a doctor. , how the doctors made you feel comfortable and reassured. Try to create a unique statment. Honestly, that’s what they are looking for .
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I would say talk about it, as long as it's anecdotal and you talk about your experience with doctors and healthcare staff. It's a passion that comes from the heart, which I would think is desirable for a competitive course where many do it from pressure or for money in highly-specialist roles. However, don't highlight it too much or make it the basis. Keep it short and impactful.
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