Jemima Saunders defied doctors’ predictions when she walked into Seevic College to pick up four A-Levels.
Jemima, 19, from Wickford, has battled ill health through her teenage years but is now looking to the future and planning to study English and Classical Studies at the Royal Holloway University.
But just three years ago, Jemima was told she would never get over debilitating health conditions.
She was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and celiac disease leaving her very ill at the age of 14.
She became so unwell she could not attend the last two years at Beauchamps School in Wickford, was home schooled and left wheelchair bound.
But determined Jemima pushed on and picked up an A grade in English, B grades in politics and classical civilisation and a C in history at the college in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
Jemima even managed to complete her entire classical civilisation A-Level in one year.
She said: “I am amazed at my results and so relieved to get into university.
Upon joining Seevic College, Jemima was told that her health would never improve.
Jemima added that attending the college has defied those odds and she is now fighting fit.
“Being at Seevic has made an incredible difference to my recovery and, without studying here, I don’t think that I would be where I am today.
“My independence and general confidence has grown significantly during my A-Levels, which has helped so much – both socially and with regards to my health.”
Jemima concluded: “The support from tutors and the college as a whole was brilliant from day one – I would recommend Seevic to anyone!”