Anyone can be a mentor but not anyone can be a teacher. Being a teacher is not just a job; it is a vocation, a calling. Not anyone is called to this profession.
Meet Hannah Harry, a 26-year-old dedicated teacher from Neath, South Wales. Ever since she has dreamt of being a teacher; a guide who would mold engineers, astronomers, doctors, or even teachers just like her. It was her dream job, but I guess the job isn’t just for her.
Ms. Harry was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in 2009 while studying teaching at Trinity St. David University in Swansea. Years before that, she oftentimes caught infections and bugs.
Simple infections would then lead to serious illness which would result in admitting her to a hospital. This had been going on for years before her diagnosis. Two years later, she was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. It means that her body is unable to regulate her temperature and heartbeat. Hers was a rare immunity disorder.
Though she had series of infections, she still managed to earn her degree in teaching. Shortly after, she got her first teaching job back in her hometown. When she thought that everything is getting back together and doing perfectly fine, a measles outbreak hit the school she’s teaching at. Because of her disorder, she easily caught the bug and later on developed pneumonia.
She spent nine weeks in the hospital for treatment. She never thought that sending nine weeks to the hospital would change her life forever. When she recovered, doctors told her that she would never be able to work with children again. She had to compromise her dream job for her not to compromise her health.
She said that she was devastated knowing that she had been working at the university for three years and now she has to quit her dream job. She was angry at first and felt that life wasn’t fair. She knew that it was for her own safety but she’s having a hard time coping up with her reality.
Ms. Harry now lives with her fiancé James Evans and is relying on taking more than 100 tablets and 18 IV injections every single day. Struggling with her everyday life, she decided to create a blog and post her experiences. She highlighted the positives and set aside all the doom and gloom. Now, people have been getting hopes up from her perspective.