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“MY BODY LETS ME DOWN – BUT I WON’T QUIT”

For GB Paralympic swimmer Harriet Lee, 25, being diagnosed with a rare growth disorder opened the door to achieving her dreams in Rio

Twelve weeks ahead of London 2012, I was in intensive care, desperate to get out. I’d collapsed after a training session and ended up in a coma, but after the years of hard work and hours I’d put in at the pool, I couldn’t let that stop me from competing.

I was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome. It’s so rare that I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 16. I’d had lots of health complications during my childhood – low blood sugar, an odd walk, poor immunity – but doctors were baffled.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.