Breathing is something many of us take for granted, especially when we play sports.
However, Fruita senior Taylor Johnson, she manages to excel on the basketball court and softball diamond, despite a respiratory condition, which could cause her to feel out of breath at any time.
The problem came to light early in Taylor's career at Fruita, when she had trouble staying on the court for extended periods of time.
After seeing a physician, and developing methods for dealing with the problem, Taylor found a way to balance her breathing, and now flourishes athletically.
"We worked on breathing techniques and my inhaler and also coach, i let him know what was good for me," says Johnson.
Her coaches also notice Taylor's progression.
"Each year it's gotten better and she has really pushed herself to get in great shape to the point where i don't feel like i have to take her out at any time," says head girls basketball coach, Dan Schmalz.
Schmalz will need Johnson on the court if the squad is going to beat Grand Junction this weekend.
The Lady Tigers are undefeated in the SWL so far this year, and has already beaten Fruita twice this season.
The two sides face off again on Friday at FMHS. Tip off is set for 5:30 PM.