Starting a science graduate degree was one of the most exciting things to happen to each of us. We also knew that graduate school would be particularly difficult. Skylar has a heart condition called polymorphic arrhythmia and has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator that ended her scientific scuba-diving career. Gabi has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a disorder that weakens the protein collagen in her body and causes widespread pain.