Getting diagnosed with a physically disabling illness in graduate school can be overwhelming and isolating. This article shares a researcher’s personal journey with such an experience, offering advice and encouragement to those facing similar challenges. By confronting the disease, the author found resilience and developed appreciation for life beyond work.
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X.L. obtained her PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2021 with B. Z. Tang and is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of J. S. Moore at the University of Illinois at Urbana−Champaign.
The author declares no competing interests.
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Liu, X. How I coped with an unexpected disability during my graduate study. Nat Rev Mater 8, 304–305 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41578-023-00553-1