Ok, we're taking a little detour away from food today. I recently was privileged to be able to attend a meeting with Summer Sanders. She is a U.S. Olympic Gold medalist, TV correspondent, blogger and a busy mom of two. Summer was the most decorated swimmer at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, winning two Gold, two silver and a bronze medal.
Summer shared her amazing story with us.
"As a life-long athlete and Olympic swimmer, I NEVER thought a condition like varicose veins would affect ME…”
Summer never thought that varicose veins would be an issue for her. She assumed her training as an Olympian and her health-consciousness would make her exempt from getting varicose veins. Summer inherited her veins from her mom!
In February of 2012, Summer was on her feet for two days at Disney Land. That’s when she realized she couldn’t live with the leg pain she was trying to tolerate. Just a couple weeks later, Summer had a minimally-invasive treatment. The procedure took 45 minutes and to her surprise, was easy and simple! She walked out of the procedure and right back into her normal routine.
Summer pointed out that there are underlying issues for vein diseases and it is so important to realize that it’s not just a cosmetic issue. She is passionate about the issue and committed to spreading the word to people with vein disease that they don’t have to live that way!
What are Varicose Veins?More than 30 million people suffer from Varicose Veins
Less than 10% of these sufferers seek medical diagnosis and treatment.
Varicose veins occur when the valves in the leg veins no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs.
The Connection Between Varicose Veins and CVI
Varicose veins are one of the first signs of CVI
If left untreated, CVI can progress to worsening stages over time
Common CVI symptoms include:
Pain, aching and heaviness
Swelling of the legs
Restlessness and fatigue of the legs
Who's At Risk?
Age, 50 +
Women are 2 - 3 times more likely than men to develop varicose veins, primarily due to pregnancy
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What Can You Do? Giveaway!
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Follow ReThink Varicose Veins on Facebook and Twitter (@RethinkVaricose and @SummerSanders)to get the latest campaign news.
Leave a comment here and let me know that you've helped spread the word.
Come join Summer Sanders and other bloggers for a twitter party tomorrow at 2 pm eastern.
#Rethink Varicose Twitter Party Details
What: More than 30 million Americans suffer from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).*,**
Because there is a prevailing misconception that varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, only 10 percent of people who suffer from vein disease actually seek treatment.*** That's why we're getting together to share knowledge and break myths about this common, yet serious condition!
Rethink Varicose Veins is a campaign that encourages individuals to think differently about varicose veins and understand that if left untreated, they can progress to a more serious form of venous disease known as CVI.
Summer Sanders, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, television correspondent, blogger and busy mother-of-two will be sharing her personal experience with vein disease, how she treated the condition head-on and her role in the Rethink Varicose Veins campaign.
Join this party to learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of varicose veins and CVI and latest minimally-invasive treatment options available.
Trivia questions will be asked throughout the Twitter Party and five lucky winners who answer the questions correctly will receive a $50 VISA gift card from The Motherhood.
When: Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RethinkVaricose hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/rethinkvaricose
Prizes: We will be giving away five $50 VISA gift cards
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann and @SummerSanders_