"Caitlin has a very resilient attitude," said Lang. "She expressed a desire to continue what she was doing, despite her tendency to have episodes," he said.
McComish, a nursing major, has been medically disqualified from competing by NCAA rules because of a separate diagnosis P.O.T.S., a form of dysautonomia, but she has no regrets.
"I had a come-to-Jesus moment with myself," she said. "I wasn't really worried about my health and I wanted to play soccer. I thought if I pushed it under the rug and kept working hard, it would go away.
"The harder I worked, the worse I got, until my favorite coach said, 'There is a difference between working hard and working smart.' And I kind of had to realize that and simplify my life," McComish said.
Now, she finds the silver lining in her precarious health.
"Now I know my health comes first," she said. "I have days where I think I am getting more than I can handle, but at the end of the day, I never fall because the people I have around me, it's just not possible."
"Some of the best things in my life have come from this," she said. "There are lessons learned, relationships built and what I have found out about myself. I am not saying it's a gift, but if I have to go through it anyway, why not get something great out of it."