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Shannon Boxx faces tough fight

Updated: August 16, 2013, 4:27 PM ET
By Sarah Spain | espnW.com

For years, U.S. women's national team midfielder Shannon Boxx kept a very big secret from teammates, coaches and fans.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist, currently with the Chicago Red Stars, has lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. The most common symptoms of the disease are extreme fatigue and joint pain, but it can also affect the kidneys, blood cells, heart, brain, lungs and skin.

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