She made it within one point of reaching the semifinals after working especially hard to get back in the saddle.
"Just three months ago, I couldn't walk up the stairs during a relapse," she says.
Cagan competed many times during the 1980s and 1990s, and is close to obtaining $500,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings, which would qualify her to be inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.
Last year Cagan helped found the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting prevention, diagnoses and cures.
— Kate Daly