May 27, 2011 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we now have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 200 words, to before Thursday 2nd June.

"I've been diagnosed with a pretty bad disease, but this wasn't recent.
My family and I had thought that it was in remission.
But now, it's come back even worse, and it's really impacting my life.
I am 14, I play representative sports and I'm in year 10.

My school and my sport lives have always clashed, but it's worse this time around, with both becoming more involved and more intense.
My arthritis makes it hard for me to do the things I love, which is my sport, and makes it quite painful for me to be at school, which I don't enjoy.
I have my ups and downs, but with such a large work load, and so little time because of my sport, I am starting to feel so very overwhelmed with stress.
I know it's only going to get worse throughout the semester.
I get tired and sore very easily, and my family and friends get very worried for me.
Do you have any suggestions which could make me struggle less with the work/sport/rest balance? Mindy."

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle

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