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My desire for my daughter to do the Leaving Cert isn't enough to ignore the risk of her ending up in ICU

Bill Linnane


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Stress can lead to massive flare-ups in lupus sufferers, so it must be managed. Picture posed

Stress can lead to massive flare-ups in lupus sufferers, so it must be managed. Picture posed

Stress can lead to massive flare-ups in lupus sufferers, so it must be managed. Picture posed

By the time you read this, the Leaving Cert will have passed over our house. I say passed over because, like the angel Gabriel drifting over the homes of the Israelites, the Leaving Cert didn’t really happen for us.

Our beloved first-born had her plan — she was going to sit three exams in subjects that she felt she had potential to do better than the accumulated grades. The other subjects were either write-offs or ones she thought she might do okay in, with emphasis on ‘might’. So a lot depended on the three exams she was going to sit — home economics, biology and chemistry. You would think that with a reduced workload, she would only have to face half the stress levels. Well apparently it doesn’t work like that.


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