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Video clip: At first it might feel embarrassing to talk about your condition, but Richard found being open helped to resolve any issues he faced.

I think the one thing I would say and have said to students who have health problems is to be open about it. The more people who know, the safer things are. And if those people don't listen, well they're just basic shits anyway, so you needn't worry about them. In that sense, you couldn't rely on them if anything's - you're not going to start that again. I think the one thing I'd say is that openness is by far the best policy. The more people who know about the condition, the more people who will be there to help if anything goes wrong. And for me, it's natural to feel embarrassed about it, but I think one just has to get over that, and remind people, and keep reminding them if it's necessary. And most people will be unaware of course of an invisible condition. And in some senses I think you are duty-bound to tell people, to give them a chance. They can't respond to your condition if they don't know it exists. And just by being open, and frank about it, I think is - is the easiest way of resolving any issues. And knowing you have certain rights means you can insist on that, if necessary.