Peace Corps rejection
February 17, 2011
I finally heard back about the status of my Medical Review from the Peace Corps yesterday – bad news. I have been officially NOT accepted into the Peace Corps because I did not pass the Medical Review thanks to having rheumatoid arthritis. The woman on the phone really didn’t have much additional information (nor did she seem to know what she was talking about when I tried to ask questions). She just kept saying that I wasn’t accepted because of one of my medications, Remicade, and that I need to have lab work done every three months because my condition is chronic. I think she repeated this at least three times. Yes, yes I understand. I tried to bring up the fact that I have lived in both Ireland and France and while living abroad found a way to get the medication and treatment I needed to keep my RA stable. She just told me that I’ll be receiving a letter from the Peace Corps soon with instructions detailing how to write and submit an appeal. I’ve decided I will submit my appeal and see what happens. What else can I do? Despite having a chronic illness, I really do think I would be a great asset to the Peace Corps and could make it be a wonderful experience. I realize on their end that I am probably a risk and liability to them, but I still don’t think it’s quite fair.