Manitoba Bisons volleyball player overcomes life-threatening diagnosis

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WATCH: Global's Mitch Rosset explains how Manitoba Bisons middle blocker Jocelyn Koswin defied odds – Dec 5, 2016

WINNIPEG — To be an athlete, it takes a certain level of toughness.

A physical and mental grit similar to the one that helped Jocelyn Koswin land a spot on the Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball team.

“Every time I’m off the court, I’m constantly thinking,” said the middle blocker. “I’m always wondering if I’m going to be there, what could I do.”

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Koswin was one of the team’s top recruits this past spring. But a little less than two years ago, volleyball was the least of the Winnipegger’s worries.

“I was feeling weird,” said Koswin. “My arm felt numb and I thought I just slept funny.”

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Koswin woke up one morning with a severe headache. Doctors discovered bleeding inside the then 16-year-old’s brain. The main artery was blocked, causing a vein to burst.

“When I was getting to the hospital that morning, I physically had to grab my leg and pick it up to get out of the vehicle,” said Koswin.

She also struggled with the news she may never play volleyball again.

“I just sat there and cried,” said Koswin. “I just laid there in shock. Nothing felt real.”

After consulting with more doctors, Koswin returned to the court. Setting her up was the support of her club coach who now instructs the Herd.

“It’s made other people realize that she’s a tough kid persevering and she continues to do that here,” said Jon Hykawy, head coach of the Bisons women’s volleyball team.

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Determination that’s inspiring those around her.

“Whatever set backs there are in life, there’s so many obstacles you’ll have to overcome but it will make you a stronger person,” said Koswin.

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