In late-2010, I faced a stressful business situation which became the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
December 26, 2010, my body’s joints started swelling uncontrollably.
By New Years’ Eve the pain was so intense I couldn’t walk.
After seeing 3 different doctors, the diagnosis came in:
A rare, stress-related illness called Erythema Nodosum.
At 28 years old, I was forced to move back into my parents’ home to receive ongoing care.
It was so painful to stand, my Mom placed a clothes hamper upside-down in the shower so I could sit and bathe myself.
Unable to work, my business fell apart. My personal and business bank accounts nearly went to zero.
It was the most broke (and broken) I’d ever been.
I had NO CHOICE but to figure out a better way to do business.
(I’ve never been afraid of hard work, but – for god’s sake – this was ridiculous. I couldn’t walk!)
I was relieved when the doctors told me I’d recover, but dismayed there was no treatment.
All I could do was rest and wait.
As I stared at the ceiling day after day, I made myself two promises:
- Never again would I take my mobility for granted.
(Since recovering, I’ve done over 600 Crossfit workouts – proud of that!)
- Never again would I be a burnout entrepreneur.
As soon as I could move my arms enough to search the internet, I began my comeback.
A few months later I could walk again, and by April 2011 I was back to walking and living on my own.
What a relief.
As I rebuilt my company, I kept my eye on various books and courses on hiring, scaling, and systems.