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Karlsson writes life's next chapter

Updated: February 11, 2011, 9:47 AM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

STICKNEY, Ill. -- She got the news early in September, the diagnosis hitting like a slug to the chest. The treatments weren't working. The disease she'd fought with emergency surgery in 2007 had come back.

So Inez Karlsson took stock of her life, all 27 years of it. She made tough choices spurred on by a brutal case of endometriosis and the realization that her decision could change her future forever. Then she walked away from her rising career and did the last thing anyone expects ...

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