At the moment I’m seriously considering Graduate Entry Medicine. I’m not sure which university would be the best one, and if I’m being honest, I need to be sure that this is the right choice for me. In July last year I was finally diagnosed with coeliac’s disease – from the Greek κοιλιακός, meaning “abdominal” – but I had been presenting with the symptoms for a long time. There had been a lot of upheaval, including redundancy and unemployment, but thanks to a change in diet I am feeling better than perhaps I’ve ever felt. All the way through school I wanted to be a scientist, with “doctor” being high on the list. I was always in the top groups for chemistry, biology and physics, but I was also very good at English, French and music. However, somewhere along the line, I wasn’t doing quite as well as I used to. I went from being the first child to put their hand up, losing interest. I’m not sure if the coeliac’s had anything to do with that, but by the time of my A levels I was feeling pretty ill – abdominal pains, reflux, pasty complexion, dark circles around the eyes. I ended up settling for an engineering degree, which I got but I didn’t exactly get a run-away First. I had some bouts of unemployment then got my MSc. That helped, in that I could get interviews, but it was only until I got a research post that I found some stability. I began another research job, but by then I was diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer. Yet the attitude of my supervisor was that I was “faking it” (despite me being pallid, with dark circles round the eyes, hyperventilating and with stomach pain like Mike Tyson had thumped me). So I left that and was unemployed (again) for a few months until I enrolled on an English degree. I got a First in English, followed by an MA. This lead to a job which I did for six years until I got made redundant. I did some p/t work on a PhD but because I was made redundant I had to shelve this. Because I had been out of work for more than 13 weeks I had to take the first job that was offered to me – this was working in a busy café and one which had not passed an audit for more than 3 years. Not surprisingly, I was really, really ill (!) Because of the various tests and specialists I saw over the next 6 or 7 months, I started to think that the GEM might be a good option – especially since my maths, science and English are all at doctoral level.