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UT goalie battles rare medical condition

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What started as a routine jog last May quickly turned into a nightmare for 20-year-old UT goalie Caitlin McComish.

"I went for a run and it felt like i had resistant bands on me," she recalls.  "I started to feel my chest close in." 

"I got the phone call and I knew something was wrong," said her mother Deanna McComish. "I put her in the car, stabbed her with an EpiPen and drove her to St. Luke's."

It was a near death reaction and while doctors got it under control that day, she kept having more attacks the following soccer season. As doctors discovered, Caitlin wasn't suffering from food or seasonal allergies, she was having a reaction from working out. 

"I said, 'excuse me?' I couldn't imagine my life without working out," she said. 

Caitlin suffers from an extreme case of Cholinergic urticaria.  A condition that causes her body to severely react whenever it produces too much heat. 

"There was no set criteria," said trainer Gretchen Buskirk. "There was no set specifics.  We just didn't know." 

But the NCAA knew enough. In December, factoring in Caitlin's medical history, she was disqualified from the team.

"I mean its sad," said Caitlin. "It sucks. But I don't have regrets about it. I did everything I could."

Four months later, a new drug is now improving Caitlin's condition. She can work out again and in her spare time, she still finds ways to help out her old team. Her playing career is over but when it comes to living a healthy life, Caitlin McComish believes the best is yet to come

"It could be a lot worse," said Caitlin. "I'm so thankful that it's not. I'm going to do everything I can to keep moving forward."

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