Athletes With Severe Illnesses

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Many tend to think of athletes as seemingly invincible super-humans, but boy are they wrong.

When athletes get injured or fall ill, we tend to be shocked that they are mere mortals. And while injuries are to be expected when people put themselves through the physical rigors of sports, sometimes athletes are stricken with debilitated illnesses that can end their careers…or worse.

Steve Gleason

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Check out these athletes who have competed for their lives against severe illnesses!