WEST FARGO-Take one look at Sheyenne senior Olivia Dobrinz and you can tell she was born to play volleyball.
Dobrinz has always stood out on the volleyball court and not just because she’s over six feet tall. Her energy shines on the court.
However, the summer between her sophomore and junior year, Dobrinz noticed a change in her energy.
After her parents took her to the hospital, Dobrinz found out she had Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that results in overproduction of thyroid hormones.
That resulted in her being easily fatigued, she was nauseous and had her temperature spike to 103 degrees.
When she researched it more, Dobrinz found out Graves’ disease is treatable and fairly common in women under 40. There are nearly three million new cases of the disease in the U.S every year.
With the right medication, Dobrinz was back on the court in no time, however the reins on this Mustang had to be pulled back at first.
Graves' disease is curable and Dobrinz is in remission.