I started my business while I was still studying, and gave it my full 100%. Wasn’t hugely succesful in classic terms at the very beginning, but success came pretty quickly. Not long after, lots and lots of people in Belgium were proud of me and got to know me via social media/interviews, etc.
But before the success, there was another side to my life. When I started my second bachelor’s year, I couldn’t move from the couch/bed as my back was full of inflammations. At that point, I had been looking for a diagnosis for 3 years but I got the wrong one (Spondylitis Ankylosans - I was sure it wasn’t what I had but the doctor was positive it was. My word against his). But everything got so much worse, and I looked for a new diagnosis (seeing 100’s of doctors and visiting different hospitals) for 11 months, until I finally found out I had Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
After my diagnosis, I made a full recovery (although it’s a chronic disease - so I will never lose it entirely. However, I lost almost all pain symptoms). And I did that by just keeping my head up, and I kept going and going and going to the hospital’s physical rehabilitation center until I got better. Took 6 months and then some personal training, but I never gave up. I got to go back to school, and after that combine my Master’s year with a full time business.