By Shannon Boxx
It is hard to believe that someone with a debilitating autoimmune disease can win Olympic gold – three times. But that’s the thing about lupus, one of the most mysterious diseases known to science. The severity of the disease varies from person to person. And it comes with some good days, and some very bad ones.
For more than a decade now, I have lived with lupus. I have had days when I cannot get out of bed, let alone play with the U.S. women’s soccer team. But during these years I have also competed in major events, including the recent London Olympics where my team struck gold. People look at me and see a healthy young woman in her physical prime. All of this made me shy away from speaking publicly about my struggles with lupus because I didn’t think anyone would understand.