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When My Mental Health Collided With My Identity as a Student

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A couple of months ago, I sat in a paralegal school class wondering what would happen if my course instructors knew my medical history.

They may have seen me as a dedicated student, but what would happen if they knew me as someone who had undergone three surgeries, multiple suicide attempts, and two years of eating disorder and mental health treatment?

The mere thought of my health identity clashing with my identity as a student made me shudder, and as my mind drifted from legal research to my deepest fears, I hoped those two identity facets would never need to merge.

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