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Running A Business With Chronic Illness Q+A

Having a chronic illness is probably one of the toughest things I have endured throughout my life. I never knew I would wake up one day with a non curable disease that constantly made me feel sick. It changed a lot of my plans. Especially what it was I wanted to do with my life.

I was a behavior therapist for a few years. I loved it. I loved working with kids and I really grew some amazing relationships with them and their families. They basically became my own family. I honestly thought that that was what I was going to do the rest of my life.

But my body and my health had other plans. My health started to take a turn (cue my endometriosis diagnosis). I felt sick daily. I was fatigued, throwing up, bloated, in pain and it was just not fun trying to do the job I was doing. My job was demanding, especially when I worked with tougher clients that would hit, run away, bite, throw things, etc. I just couldn't see myself doing it anymore. It wasn't fair to the kiddos and their families, and it wasn't fair to me. I couldn't provide the care and service they needed.

So I left. Not knowing what the heck I was going to do. Scared out of my mind that I was failing at life. That this was it, my illness was who I was going to become. And that made me spend