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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Millom mother battles illness to realise her dream

A MOTHER who battled chronic illness to follow her dream career has landed a job at a Millom primary school.

Jane Marinovich, 37, from Bootle, will graduate with a first class degree in primary education from the University of Cumbria on July 18 – her 38th birthday.

Her first job interview, only weeks after finishing her course, resulted in a full time position teaching year five at Haverigg Primary School.

Despite the testing 130-mile round trips to Lancaster for lectures and working full time to care for her son Isaac Redhead, seven, Miss Marinovich, originally from New Zealand, achieved the highest marks in her year.

She said: “I just felt like I wanted to do something worthwhile, and it would give Isaac a better life.”

The path to Miss Marinovich’s new career was made harder after she suffered a flare-up of the auto-immune illness Graves’ disease in January last year.

Symptoms include muscle weakness, fatigue and elevated heart-rate.

She said: “It makes me really tired and I get shaky really easily. When I had the relapse my resting heart rate was over 100 beats per minute, but I had to battle on.”

Although Miss Marinovich, a single mother, kept going with her studies, the illness got the better of her during a lecture.

She said: “I was sat right at the front in a music lecture and I just felt myself nodding. Then I slumped off my chair. It was quite funny but the lecturers were understanding.”

However Graves’ disease was not the only obstacle in Miss Marinovich’s path, after a serious bout of flu in her third year put pressure on her last assignments.

Despite not being able to get out of bed, Jane’s grades did not slip below 70 per cent.

After years of working multiple jobs sometimes seven days a week, Miss Marinovich is now looking forward to working normal hours and seeing more of Isaac.

She added: “That was the hardest thing, Isaac has been great. He was in the car with me when I heard about the job and he was delighted for me. He’s a very special boy.”

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