After undergoing heart surgery at the age of 16 and soon becoming unwell with intense flu-like symptoms, I found building a life beyond my bedroom incredibly difficult.
My sister told me about The Prince's Trust's work for helping young businesses - and as I had many ideas since becoming unwell; I decided to enrol myself onto their Enterprise Course in the Spring of 2014.
This wonderful charity helps disadvantaged 13-30 year olds discover their best potential. Through business training and financial support workshops, the individuals of the course gain confidence and understanding in their idea. It was with the help of The Prince’s Trust that Charlotte Elizabeth was born.
Unexpectedly, just a few weeks after attending the course, I became paralysed. As a result of the intense symptoms, I became severely disabled and at my worst point lost my ability to lift even a finger from my bedside, talk or smile. After years of misdiagnosis, I was diagnosed with PoTS and ME in 2015.
The combination of these incurable, invisible illnesses is pretty disheartening, but I’ve met an incredible community of young adults who suffer daily yet remain determined to fulfil their dreams. Charlotte Elizabeth is my way of turning a negative into a positive.