I am wondering if anyone can offer some assistance or advice with my current situation. I recently got my acceptance letter from the London School of Economics (LSE) to begin a masters program in September 2011 for International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. Needless to say I was shocked and thrilled at this dream come true. I truly was not prepared for such wonderful news and all of the complexities that go along with studying in another country as a diabetic, or financing my education there.
I decided kind of at the last minute to apply at LSE. Now that I have been accepted, I have been exhausting every opportunity to find a way to finance my studies. I was able to pay for my undergraduate studies with a combination of scholarship funds and loans, but graduate school scholarships and grants are limited. Because I applied late, unfortunately most deadlines for these opportunities have passed. Despite sincere efforts I can't seem to find any institutions, donors, or organizations who can offer me financial support.
This is the biggest (and possibly most life-changing) thing that has ever happened to me because it is my goal to work in international development to solve global inadequacies. An education at such a prestigious institution will allow me to move towards that goal.
My medical costs have, as many of you know, been a financial burden. I want to prove to myself that my disease cannot hold me back, but I also want to send that message to others. I studied abroad in Spain for a semester but even that showed me how challenging this disease can be. I want to go to London to further my dreams, but I am afraid it may be at the cost of my health. I will work hard to stay healthy while there, but It's scary to think that something could happen in a foreign place and that I will be there for a whole year.
So I'm asking for two things. Advice on how to handle this great opportunity as a diabetic and any ideas about financial assistance. I've already tried emailing a lot of the diabetes foundations about funding, but to no avail. I know that I can make the greatest deal of positive change if I am able to seize this opportunity and finance my education. If I am able to take this step I will be able to help so many people.