Danielle Collins Arthritis Diagnosis
Lately, fans of this American tennis star must have noticed that she has been in and out quite often in tournaments. Now, after she made a public announcement this week, it became clear what the cause of her regular absence is. The Australian Open finalists announced via a press statement that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
This auto-immune disease is categorized within the same group as lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome. The latter being the disease with which Venus Williams was diagnosed after it influenced her life for more than ten years. Rheumatoid Arthritis is associated with chronic inflammation in the joints, which causes constant pain, swelling and stiffness. Even though it is never pleasant to receive any lousy diagnosis, this has been kind of a revelation to the 25-year-old tennis star and explained a lot of the questions about her health lately. Collins stated that she hadn’t been feeling healthy for a while already and that knowing is serving as a form of relieve.
She also stated that she isn’t the first person ever to be diagnosed with such a condition and that she’ll have to learn to deal with it as other people do too. Collins is also not the first person in the world of international tennis to be diagnosed with this condition. During October last year, Caroline Wozniacki went public with the same diagnosis after the WTA Finals. She then stated that regardless of being the fittest athlete in the world, when something like this crosses your path, you need to deal with. She also acknowledges that there are individual choices that you can make to feel better.
Collins recently experience a career highlight for her when she made it to no 23 on the rankings after her four runs in Melbourne. This included a 6-0, 6-2 defeat over Angelique Kerber who stood at second place at that stage in the rankings. This diagnosis is in no means a career-ender according to her doctor, Dr Clifton L Page. He stated that early diagnosis is an excellent way of combatting the effects of the condition and that there have been many advancements in the creation of treatments to manage not only the symptoms but also the joint destruction which occurs due to the inflammation. Due to the medical world being much better educated now, management plans can be worked out for athletes to allow them to play for a long time still.
Collins’s most recent performance was at the China Open when Kristina Mladenovic defeated her during her opener in Beijing. Now the young star has to face a much more significant challenge, but considering her recent Instagram post stating that she has this condition and still portrays a positive outlook on life as well as an inborn tenacity, it seems that she is well equipped to deal with this too. She said that she is grateful for every day, which she feels healthy and that she will stay committed to continue a fierce battle on the court.