Many girls dream of being a figure skater, and for the ones that didn’t get the opportunity, that dream dies as they get older. However, for 37-year-old Dayyanah Coleman, her desire to become a figure skater stayed with her into adulthood despite her battle with a rare illness. Coleman was born with Wolff-Parkinson-White, a rare condition that causes the heart to beat rapidly.

“My heart would kind of just short circuit. A lot of people deal with this. They have this condition and they don’t have any symptoms, and some people it’s only a minor inconvenience, and for me, it would cause like episodes of tachycardia which is like rapid heart rate, and my heart would be like 250 bpm plus.“ says Coleman, who is the Assistant Director at Ice at the Galleria.

The condition made any chance for her to be physically active impossible, even her childhood dream of becoming an ice skater. It wasn’t until she was 27 years old, and saw a sign at her neighborhood rink that inspired her. “I didn’t even know that adults could learn how to skate. So I said if the surgery works I’m going to sign up ….

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