Divya A, joined the course of HEP in St.Joseph's College in 2015. In the third year of the course her disease (Crohn's) aggravated and she had to quit classes. She did not complete fifth and sixth semesters. It should be noted that Crohn's is a severe inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. It causes abdominal pain, diarrohea, severe weight loss, anaemia and fatigue. It cannot be cured. Medications are used to slow the progression of disease.During that year (2017 to 2018), Divya went to 3 hospitals, took medications and over time the severity of the disease reduced. She rejoined college in 2018. But the disease aggravated again and she could not complete the course. During this time period she went through bouts of depression and was also under psychiatric care. Her ailment makes it difficult for her to sit in class for over 15 minutes. In 2019 she rejoined the course again but the disease recurred. She wrote her third semester exams, but failed in all subjects. Soon due to her ailment she discontinued studies.
Divya comes from a family that is financially struggling. Her father passed away when she was young. Her mother ( who works as a maid) and younger sister takes care of her. Divya's medical expenses are putting a severe financial strain on them. They have been trying really hard to save money for treatment but the disease keeps recurring to the point that they are losing hope in continuing the treatment.
Divya really wants to finish the course. This year is her last chance to complete the course.Due to her disease she could not keep up her attendance and also has no credits. Divya hopes to get a job if she gets a degree. But both the financial burden of her treatment and living conditions of the family are taking a toll on her mental health.