A STUDENT who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes weeks before graduating from high school has achieved three A*.
Francesca Evans, a student at Burgess Hill Girls School, had just six weeks before her first high school exams when she felt listless and received a life-changing diagnosis.
She said: “I thought I was just working too hard and stressed out, but then I started getting brain fog.
“My mother, who is a doctor, suspected it was something else.”
Francesca was tested and later hospitalized, where she was later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes — a condition in which blood sugar levels are too high because the body can’t produce insulin.
She said: “It’s been a total re-education about how to live my life and what to eat and that has been difficult when you combine that with overworking but somehow I’ve managed despite being really worried about my blood sugar levels did while I was doing exams.”
Francesca has achieved A*s in English Literature, Religious Studies and Psychology and will now apply to Cambridge after a gap year while traveling.
Burgess Hill Girls Headmistress Liz Laybourn said she was impressed by the students who have shown “resilience, perseverance and commitment” in the face of unprecedented disruption despite never having taken an exam before after their GCSE exams were suspended due to the Pandemic had been cancelled.
Ms Laybourn said: “All students should be congratulated on their excellent results after what can only be described as a significant period of uncertainty over the past two years.
“The level of resilience, perseverance and commitment they have shown throughout their A Level studies is commendable considering they were denied the opportunity to sit formal GCSE exams. They certainly rose to the challenge and we are very proud of them all today.”
The independent girls’ school maintained a 100 percent success rate, with the majority of students achieving their permanent or guaranteed university places.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20670764.burgess-hill-student-diagnosed-diabetes-gets-three-s/?ref=rss Burges Hill student diagnosed with diabetes gets three A*s