In 2000, during Dana's first U.S. Olympic trials (she was the youngest to compete!) she began experiencing dizziness. Like most, she attributed this to dehydration or low-blood sugar. Dana's parents took her to see a cardiologist just to make sure. Finding out that Dana had Long QT Syndrome was worrisome; she suddenly had to think about her life without swimming. The Vollmer family was shocked to hear this diagnosis.
"Swimming at an elite level, you'd think she would have the healthiest heart in the world," Cathy (Dana's mom) said. We tend to think the same thing. Luckily, Dana was diagnosed early- many people don't know they have Long QT Syndrome until they go into cardiac arrest.
As is true with many heart-related illnesses, symptoms can be easily discounted. It's crucial to pay attention to what your body tells you.
Now, nine years later, Dana is 24 and swimming as strong as ever! London 2012 is Dana's second Olympics and she's been cleared of any heart condition that might have gotten in the way of her dream. Her dedication to swimming is absolutely inspiring!
For the full article from Jaimie Dalessio, visit everyday health.
P.S. Have you seen our London 2012 colorway? Jimmy Beans Wool partnered with Lorna's Laces for a special Limited Edition color to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and the efforts of Team USA! We will be dropping the price of Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Worsted and Honor for the next two weeks as Team USA brings home Olympic medals! Here are the details:
- For every gold medal the U.S. wins, we'll drop the price per hank by $.05
- For every silver medal, we'll drop the price $.03
- For every bronze medal, we'll drop the price a penny
"London 2012" will ship as soon as the Olympics come to a close, so we can keep track of price drops. So far the price has dropped $.69!