Looking back, in the year leading up to the start of my PhD, my health had already started to go downhill. I didn’t acknowledge it. It had happened a few years ago and with a few medications I was able to get back to normal. I got really stuck into my PhD; working hard day, night and weekends. Four months into my PhD I had to take a medical leave of absence (thanks to gastrointestinal dysmotility and POTS). When I returned I was even more determined to hit the ground running.