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Hannah Jordan Goes from Deathbed to Cycling Star 18-Year-Old’s Amazing Rise Due to Personal Resolve

Wednesday, October 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
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By John Zant
www.independent.com, 10/16/19

 

As she approached her ninth birthday, trapped in a listless body, Hannah Jordan had been doubting whether her life was worth living.

Now 18, Jordan is ready to race a bicycle up Gibraltar Road in the Hillclimb World Championships on Saturday, October 19.

Her transformation from severe malaise to being one of the top junior cyclists in the country came about because of her own resolve and technology that supplements her body’s defective energy system. A nutritional product developed in Santa Barbara is a key to her current regimen.

“I was diagnosed with an unknown metabolic disease,” Jordan said last week. “Most people have a backup tank; their body stores sugar or glucose. Mine doesn’t have it, can’t store it.”

In 30 mortifying seconds, she summarized the challenges she faced as a child in Tulsa, Oklahoma: “When I was 4, I wore 12-month snap-up pants. My head was in the 95th percentile; my body wasn’t on the chart. My mom called me a walking bobblehead. I was in and out of hospitals. My heart was enlarged, my gut was shutting down, lungs collapsing, my brain was sagging on the bottom of my skull, and my blood sugar was as low as nine and over 600 — which is kind of fatal either way. On top of that, we had a house fire; my brother has autism; my mother has MS [multiple sclerosis].”

 

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