Christie Rampone looks like the epitome of health. She is the captain of both the U.S. women’s national soccer team and her professional team Sky Blue FC.
She is also a wife, world traveler, and mother to two little girls. She looks fantastic and has energy for days.
Yet, she suffers from Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that can cause joint pain, flu-like symptoms, a rash, and neurological problems. Christie has been able to take charge of her health however, and is now even more efficient and productive than ever.
Read Christie Rampone’s exclusive interview with EmpowHER:
How did you find out about your Lyme disease diagnosis?
In the fall of 2011 for several months after the birth of my second child Reese, I was feeling very tired and run-down. I was not sleeping, I was hallucinating and knew there was something wrong. I went in for some blood work and that is how I found out.
How have you been able to maintain your elite athlete status even after your diagnosis?
Balance is key for me. The importance of doing my job as a soccer player, a mom and a wife is predicated on doing them all well. If I am unable to fulfill any of three roles, I end up being unsuccessful at all of them. But when I am able to do all three well, everything falls into place.
I feel that getting balance is less about putting a measured amount of time into something but more about making the time you put in count. For example, my workouts now are much shorter than when I was young.
But I am so much more efficient and productive because of my experience and knowing how to maximize my time.
How does being a mother influence your decision to focus on your health?
It’s key for me. I need to stay healthy to manage the kids and my busy life. In addition, the commitment I have made to eat healthy has rubbed off on the entire family.