More On Olympians Overcoming Medical Problems

21 08 2012

The Olympic Games have the power of making the most average citizen a patriot of their country. Millions of Americans tuned in to watch the Olympics, routing for their home team and admiring the athletic ability of the athletes. Oscar Pistorius, from South Africa, was an inspiration to all. Born a double amputee, he inspired people around the world to never let barriers stop you from achieving your dreams. With the attention Pistorius received, few realized that a hero was overcoming a similar feat, one from our own land.

Shannon Boxx is an American Soccer player for the women’s soccer team in the Olympics. Since 2007, Boxx was diagnosed with Lupus. She was a mere 30 years old, and playing for the U.S. National Team. The warning signs showed up in the form of fatigue, muscle soreness, and joint pain. 


She played in the recent Olympic Games, competing for her country. Over 4.3 million people tuned in to see the game between the Japanese and the Americans, in which the Americans prevailed. It wasn’t until April of 2012 that she went public with her diagnosis, and now she is working with the Lupus Foundation of America to create awareness about this disease.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects about 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone. The body produces auto-antibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. The immune system cannot differentiate between healthy cells or unhealthy cells, so it attacks them all. This leads to inflammations which cause a great deal of pain. 

There are hundreds of thousands of chronic diseases that affect everyone from the average joe to an elite Olympian. People in industries such as the medical, Assisted care, and Personal care industries are key to ensuring that the lives of these people can go on as planned without interference from a force that is outside of their control. Whether you are born with a disease or develop it later in life, it does not need to affect your daily activities. 

We here at Advantec support numerous companies over a multitude of industries. We are proud to be able to provide care givers a program that enables them to spend less time at the front desk and more time with their patients.

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