Inspirational Stories of Chronic Illness Survivors That Succeed in Business

Transformed from the experience of surviving cancer and wanting to help others, Callae Brownstein created C Beyond Cancer, a charitable foundation that partners with and funds various organizations (including CoachArt!) that help families impacted by cancer.

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our co-hosts Greg and Roxanne chat with Callae, a Beverly Hills-based jewelry designer who was diagnosed with brain cancer right around the time she launched her jewelry company CB Luxe.

Listen to Callae’s Interview.

Callae sat down to discuss her diagnosis, treatment, how she created a successful business as a cancer survivor, and how she balances her charity goals with her busy work schedule.

Here at CoachArt, our aim is to help people with chronic illnesses thrive during and after their diagnosis. We were inspired by Callae’s story and wanted to share the stories of some other survivors who have succeeded in business.

— Fast Company has an incredible profile of Hannah Olson, whose Chronic Lyme Disease diagnosis resulted in difficulty maintaining a job with an understanding employer led her to create Chronically Capable, “which matches job seekers… with substantial – but flexible – remote jobs.”

— Over at The Mighty, they share a wonderful list of 8 Businesses Owned By People With Chronic Illnesses, featuring everything from a non-alcoholic beer website to a company that curates care packages for any occasion.

A Chronic Entrepreneur is a marvelous site dedicated to sharing interviews with a huge range of business-people who have overcome all sorts of chronic illnesses to carry out their dreams of starting their own company. The numerous interviews are engaging and inspiring, just like their subjects.

— Suzanne Proska is a self-described business strategist and coach who shares a fantastic set of interviews with 7 Women Who Are Crushing It In Their Businesses with Chronic Illness. The women mostly specialize in wellness coaching and motivation, and the in-depth interviews are full of helpful tips and advice.

Know some other amazing folks who have overcome a chronic illness to succeed in business? Feel free to comment below!

The UpBeat podcast is powered by CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that provides FREE art and athletic activities to families impacted by any childhood chronic illness – such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer, cerebral palsy and more.

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