It will be natural for you to feel anxious about going into your place of education, especially if you've had time away.
To make this easier, here are a few tips:
- Speak to your CLIC Sargent Young People's Social Worker or Community Worker, or another member of your care team, about any worries you have about your education. They can give you support and help you prepare
- Depending on your health and treatment, you may think about going in part-time, or for a few lessons each week, gradually building up your hours
- Speak to your place of education about whether you want teachers, lecturers or other students to know about your situation. This may help to avoid awkward situations such as explaining why you're wearing a cap or hat during a lesson
- Discuss practical things that will make life easier for you, such as being able to eat snacks during lessons or lectures, making extra trips to the toilet or recording lessons or lectures with a digital recorder
- Because your energy may be low, ask for a locker or somewhere you can leave stuff you'd normally carry
- Staying in touch with friends throughout your treatment can help make your return to education easier.
Some teachers were okay with me not wearing my wig, which made things easier, but other people just didn't know how to deal with it and kept staring.
Content last reviewed: November 2015
Next planned review: 2016