During the pandemic and just before coming to the state of Florida, his symptoms worsened.
“I remember I cried to my mom and told her I was scared if I went to Florida I might die,” England said. “Eventually we agreed that this was my last year and that I would go through it like I had.”
England and her family spent years seeing doctors and coming away with no answers. Doctors often told England that her symptoms were due to dehydration and anxiety. While struggling to find a diagnosis and in the midst of a pandemic, England lost one of their biggest supporters, their grandfather.
England’s condition has steadily deteriorated, which has driven her away from the sport she loves. All of this has had an impact not only on England’s physical health, but also on his mental health.
“I was in depression. Being here and having to watch knowing I could help was difficult,” England added. “I felt like I was letting everyone down. Not just the people here, but my family because my games were what brought my family together. Everyone was so excited to see me here at Florida State.
“I am very close to my family, so being so far away was difficult. I had my teammates and roommates, and they were always there for me, but when that door closes and you’re alone in a room, all I had was my thoughts.
England traveled to the Mayo Clinic and Vanderbilt University in hopes of finally getting an answer. During a tilt table test, England’s heart rate was dangerously high, causing him to pass out in front of doctors.