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Women's tennis anyone?

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Madison, WI
Post #: 5
Okay, not really. With the U.S. Open finals approaching, I found myself researching this year's men's and women's finalists. One of the women's finalists is Serena Williams of the rather well-known Williams sisters. While Serena is at the top of the tennis ranks, it is her sister's story that caught my attention. Check out this story from her website:

Venus A.D. (After Diagnosis)

The greatest opponent Williams would face made its presence known in the summer of 2011. For months she had battled a frustrating mix of symptoms that included fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and an inability to recover during a set. Doctors were convinced it was adult-onset asthma, but nothing they prescribed brought any relief. It was finally discovered that she suffers from Sjögren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease in which immune cells attack saliva and tear glands.

Living with the disease has brought about major changes in Williams’ lifestyle. Like any other opponent, though, Williams has attacked it in her usual aggressive style. She has become an advocate of a vegan/raw foods diet, which helps minimize the inflammation brought on by the condition. No more of her favorite cherry pies, as sugar is strictly verboten. Her training is now tempered with one or more rest days per week. As she returns to competitive tennis she is still learning how her body reacts and recovers.

What will life be like after tennis for Venus Williams? She claims that she will relax full-time, but anyone who knows her even a little bit knows that is ridiculous. Two thriving businesses, V*STARR and EleVen, will demand her time, and she is constantly driven to acquire new skills. The hard work and discipline that has been developed over a lifetime won’t simply fade away. There will always be new challenges. And there will be laughter, of course. There’s always plenty of laughter.
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