My vote goes for Despite.
'Although' acts as a connective, and it introduced adverbial clause instead of a gerund. Do I make sense? :)
How about this?
Feeling sick, she continued working.
I'm new here, it's my first attempt...Originally Posted by blacknomi
I thought that only some linkers (because, after/before, if and when/while)could be turned into participle clauses.
It works. Just about.
Correct- 'despite' can go with a gerund.