Chronic Illness: Should I Take a Break from School? EP 31

My Health or School

“For a few years now, I’ve been really sick. Now, I’ve had a biopsy done on my lymph nodes to see if I possibly have lymphoma. I found out today, that I failed my last class in order to graduate.” ~ Lauren

It all started with Lauren feeling really sick and then being diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Now, Lauren is being tested for lymphoma (a type of cancer). Just today, she found out she failed her last class by 2 points, so she’s not going to be able to graduate and walk across the stage with her class.

She wants to know, should she take a break for a semester and slow down to take a breath? Or should she jump right back in, push through, and take the same class again to hopefully pass this time?

Lauren is a hero! She could have folded up the tent with all her challenges, but she hasn’t. It’d be different if she was out partying, getting drunk, being crazy and acting out but she wasn’t.  She’s persevering in the midst of very hard things and battling this, which is no walk in the park. Let’s get some encouraging messages for Lauren.

Peer to Peer: Messages of Encouragement for Lauren

We asked for you to call in and share hope and encouragement with Lauren. Here are some of your messages!

It's Okay to Take a Break from School

Kaleigh encourages Lauren, “I just want you to know there is hope!” Kaleigh says something with Lauren just resonated with her. You are a strong person. If you need to take a break from school, then that’s okay because you have to take care of yourself.

It’s Not the End of the World if  You Don’t Get to Walk

Leon says one of his friends went through stage 4 prostate cancer in the middle of school. His friend was given a low percentage to get through it and live and he got through it. Leon said, Lauren, you are strong, and you will get through this! Leon has struggled through college. His sophomore year he had to sit down with the dean and was told if he didn’t make a certain GPA he was going to be kicked out of college. Sometimes you are going to fail. It sucks but you have to pick yourself up. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get to walk. If you have to take a semester off to make sure you are healthy; in your heart, you will make the best decision for yourself. If you have to choose health over school, I think you will make the right decision.

Your Health Must Come First

God Bless! Jeremy relates to Lauren’s situation. His 8-year-old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. She went through chemotherapy and now has been cancer free for 2 months. He says, your health must come first. You can always go back to school next semester.

Do What You Need to Do

Zinna is dealing with problems with her iron levels. She could die at any time but still goes to school. On top of that, Zinna gets bullied. Zinna says to Lauren, God is here for you and He won’t give you anything you can’t handle. He knows you are strong, and you can handle this. If you need to take a break from school, then do it. We are all here for you!

What advice would you give Lauren?

Have you had health issues which prevented you from doing something or delayed you in your journey? Or have you failed at something and found a way to persevere and overcome? Then would you share your story in the comments below? What you have to say could be the encouragement Lauren, along with others, needs to find hope in their journey.

Did Today’s Episode Get You Thinking?

Lauren is so close to her goal of graduating. She’s just wanting to finish, be able to walk with her class, and start the next phase of her life. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond her control have happened, and her health issues are causing her to make some difficult choices. If she starts back to school immediately, she may not be healthy enough to have the energy to do all that is required of her. Lauren needs to take time off and focus on her health. School will always be there. They have it every semester.

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Dawson McAllister
Dawson McAllister, also known as America's youth pastor, was an author, radio host, speaker, and founder of TheHopeLine. McAllister attended Bethel College in Minnesota for undergraduate work where he graduated in 1968, began graduate studies at Talbot School of Theology in California, and received an honorary doctorate from Biola University.
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One comment on “Chronic Illness: Should I Take a Break from School? EP 31”

  1. Well, I am not the type of person that says no negative or it will never work. If it is not to late certainly this teacher/professor can help by retaking the test or an extra project for those 2 points. I had to retake my comprehensives because of fear. I froze. They let me retake in a room by myself and I ace it. I am in chronic pain daily . I know that I need something else to give me life and focus. I am getting ready to take classes. I don’t know your circumstances or the level pain. But I do know Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. He has plans to prosper not harm. His plan for you is grow closer to Him whatever form that takes. You are a winner.

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