I started my NQT year in september and since then I have been constantly ill. I normally have a good immune system and hardly ever get ill but I am starting to think that maybe the stress is causing all these illnesses. It's not just a case of having a cold, all my illnesses have been more severe than that and I'm not sure how much longer I can battle on. I'm only young and I'm worried about what my sickness record is going to look like! I have tried forcing myself to go in but as I have a long commute, it's not always possible when I am feeling really ill. I'm going to go and see the doctor but I'm not sure what to say because I don't really know what is wrong, I have just got a list of random symptoms and a general feeling of 'not feeling right'. Is it possible for stress to cause lots of illness? I feel pathetic that I can't cope with the demands of the job, what makes it worse is that the school are saying I am going to fail and I can't tell anyone this because who wants to look like a failure? And I think my head has just kind of given up - I'm doing the best I can but it's still not good enough.