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Irish Teen: Suffering From ME Inspired Me To Set Up My Own Business
Sunday 14 June 2020
From Irish news outlet EchoLive:
Cork teen: Suffering from ME inspired me to set up my own business
Teen Isabelle Harte, who was diagnosed with ME, tells EMMA CONNOLLY about how the illness inspired her to set up her own business
A YOUNG Cork woman used her debilitating illness as motivation to launch her own fashion design business.
Isabella Harte, 18, is an E-Business student in the West Cork College of Commerce in Skibbereen and also runs her own online clothes shop where she designs some of the pieces herself.
But not that long ago, being in such an exciting place seemed like an impossible dream to her, as she explains.
“When I was four, I developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which is an allergic reaction to a virus. I was seriously ill in hospital. My immune system was badly affected and left me prone to coughs, colds, and earaches right through my childhood.
“Then, in first year of secondary school, due to me overdoing sport I developed a flu like virus from which I could not recover. It felt like I persistently had a really bad flu — no energy, brain fog, vertigo, severe joint pain and respiratory issues.”
As a result Isabella, the second eldest in a family of five, was more or less bed-ridden and unable to attend school for long periods of time.
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