Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Neil Haley, The Total Tutor host of the Total Education Celebrity Show, interviewed half-pipe skiing athlete Angeli Vanlaanen to find out about how she found out she had Lyme Disease and how she has been able to overcome it and get back to competition.
In this interview, Vanlaanen shared that doctors had a difficult time figuring out what was wrong with her. Vanlaanen developed extreme fatigue, fainting, and Dyslexia. When she was 10 years old and living in Wisconsin, she was diagnosed from one thing to another. It wasn't until 14 years later, in 2009, when her aunt saw a documentary about Lyme disease and shared it with Vanlaanen that she was able to get diagnosed (and treated) correctly.
Vanlaanen explained that she had mixed emotions, as it was a great relief for her to find out what was wrong with her, but, at the same time, she had a long road to recovery ahead of her. After three years of treatment, lifestyle changes and antibiotics—and a break from competition—Vanlaanen has put the disease in remission and has been able to return to skiing.
“Over the years I've learned to overcome it,” Vanlaanen said. “The personality trait I have is to stick to it. That's what I did in sports. I am going achieve this. The illness was a hindrance, but Lyme Disease made me become mentally strong. My body is reactive now being in remission. When I do a trick, it is much easier. I am able to enjoy what I am doing it is coming easily."
Vanlaanen wanted to spread awareness for Lyme disease, so she made a 30-minute documentary film called Lymelife to share her story online. According to Vanlaanen, her goal is to reach the highest level in Half Pipe so can bring awareness to others. She's the founder of LymeLight, a campaign to raise money and spread awareness about Lyme disease.
“I have a unique opportunity and a huge motivation to use that platform to do a lot good in the world. Give back to people.”
CEO of Simply G Media GJ Reynolds said, “Angeli was able to stay the course and make the Olympics. She has an inspiring story.”
She also talked about training and preparation for the X games and Olympics during the interview.