Rolien told the Aesthetics of Age her story, of how she had been struggling for her child's health and finally won.
Here is her story.
I'm a single mom of a daughter, 27, and a American Bulldog named Blue.
I had always raised my daughter by myself and had a business as a personal trainer, nutritionist, coach, and author when she got very sick.
From the age of 15 years old, she lay in her dark bedroom for ten years straight because she could not handle any noise or light. She had all types of neurological symptoms, and nobody knew what was wrong with her. This was very hard for her, as you can imagine because she was in a lot of pain, and no medication helped her. We saw at least 150 specialists in 10 different hospitals, but nobody knew what caused her to be so severely ill.
At one point, I had to stop working because I was taking care of her all day and night. She had already tried to commit suicide, and when I realized I had gotten burnout, I decided to stop with my business and purely focus on her.
I started a Foundation to raise money for tests, travel, and treatment abroad, and we went to Germany and Spain, where she was successfully treated for Lyme disease. After that, we found out she was born with two rare conditions that had caused another scarce one in her neck.
About 1,5 years ago, she had surgery in the US by one of the world's best neurosurgeons and is doing a lot better now.
She is still recovering but can walk and take care of herself.
Because I am slowly getting my life back, too, I decided to do something with all my experiences of the past 15 years and combine it with my professional knowledge to help other mothers in the same situation as I am, taking care of a chronically ill child.