Suni Lee wouldn't let a "really scary" kidney illness keep her from going to the 2024 Olympics.

Suni Lee, a gymnastics gold medalist, almost had to quit her job quick because she got sick with kidney disease. To get ready for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the 20-year-old talked about how she's getting over her fears.

Now that Sunisa "Suni" Lee is the all-around women's gymnastics champion, she wasn't sure at first if she would be able to protect her title at the 2024 Olympics in Paris this summer.

The 20-year-old chose to stop competing in gymnastics and finish college in April because of a "non-gymnastics health related issue" that turned out to be an incurable kidney disease. She had started at Auburn University after winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

She also turned down the offer to go to the U.S. team selection camp for the world championships in September, but she still hopes to get better in time to participate in Paris,

which is pretty amazing considering that her health problems almost ended her career for good. 

"It was really, really scary and heartbreaking," Lee told E! News in a special interview. "I definitely went through a little bit of a mental spiral because gymnastics is my outlet and it's my safe space."

Lee had a hard time because she couldn't do what she usually did to deal with stress while she was sick with kidney disease, which made her gain 40 pounds.

"I really didn't know what to do with myself because I couldn't practice at all," she said. "I couldn't do anything, so I had to just lie in bed and be sad." I could hardly move. It was so scary, and I couldn't fit into my clothes.

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