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When Angie Ceberano secured her public relations job aged 20 she considered it a dream opportunity, but she was gradually overwhelmed by an intense workload that left her fighting for life.
The sister-in-law of singer Kate Ceberano was appointed as the 'national publicity manager' for a major record company at a young age and was determined to give her all.
Bed - 'intense - Schedule - Media - Interviews
She would spring out of bed at 4am to run an 'intense' schedule of lining up media interviews, managing promo tours, negotiating brand deals and preparing photo shoots.
Her days were jam packed, regularly working 15 to 20 hours per day - going to bed after midnight and waking at dawn.
Routine - Burnout - Case - Pneumonia
She considered that a 'normal' routine until the inevitable burnout hit - she was left hospitalised with a 'bad case' of pneumonia.
'My lungs were full of fluid. I was lucky I was young and able to recover... If I was older, the doctor said I wouldn't have survived,' the Melbourne-based founder of Flourish PR told Daily Mail Australia.
Lung - Specialist - Pneumonia - Disease - People
'My lung specialist said that pneumonia can be known as "the entrepreneurial disease". People who run their own business, or those who function off little sleep or those who are over-worked can be very susceptible to pneumonia as you have a weakened immune system.
'It was a good wake up call but also a hard one to take because I love working... but I now understand that looking after yourself and resting is also part of the work.'
Weeks - Hospital - Angela - Flu-like - Symptoms
Just weeks before she woke up in hospital, Angela said she started experiencing flu-like symptoms but tried to power through her sickness.
'I had it for a few weeks but I pushed through with cold and flu tablets as we were so busy at the time,' Angela told Daily Mail Australia.
Night - Body - Temperature
'Then one night, my body just started shutting down. My temperature...
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