Posted March 7, 2013.
Bellingham freestyle skier on possible Olympic track after
Encouraging story! Angeli Vanlaanen from Bellingham, Washington, had misdiagnosed Lyme symptoms and Lyme disease since she was 10 years old. But she was the top U.S. finisher last weekend in the Women’s Halfpipe at the World Ski Championships in Norway. She finished 6th overall!
The snowboarding halfpipe has been around for the last two Olympics, but the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia will be the first to feature halfpipe skiing. I would love to snowboard half pipes! (Yes I’m an adrenaline junky, ha ha! When you’ve spent a lot of time sick with Lyme disease and in bed, you just want to go for it when you are well again!)
So she’s had Lyme disease and Lyme symptoms for 14 years, she’s 24 now. What an amazing come back! She was treated for 2 1/2 years intensively.
Last weekend’s finish in Norway is a big step in that comeback, and may add Vanlaanen to the growing list of athletes to represent Washington state at the Olympics. I know who I’m routing for! Yeah Angeli! Thanks for being a wonderful example of courage and strength to all those still fighting Lyme disease and Lyme symptoms! We’ll be watching you in Russia in 2014.
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