Hamill has written about how her mother, Carolyn, experienced life through a haze of negativity and disapproval. Carolyn’s inability to praise her daughter’s achievement or share in her happiness diluted Hamill’s joy at winning Olympic gold in 1976.
Hamill and her brother, a physician, came to believe their mother has persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia.
She travels frequently for charity appearances and helps the Arthritis Foundation raise awareness about osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and stiffness, mostly in the hip, knee and thumb joints.Hamill was diagnosed with the condition in the late 1990s, not long after her depression diagnosis in 1993.Posted on Feb 27, 2018 am We all have different visions of what healthy looks like, just like we all have unique experiences that have impacted our individual health journeys to-date.But at the end of the day, we're not all that different—we all just want to be our best, healthy selves.She shared the good and bad in her 2007 autobiography , partly as a way to help others coping with depression.
She believes there is great power in being honest about her demons.Decorated figure skater, mother, and brand ambassador for Nature's Bounty Dorothy Hamill agrees that, no matter what, you're always better off healthy!In this segment, Dorothy shares her inspiration for leading a healthy lifestyle on and off the ice, and her thoughts on how to healthily celebrate victories—no matter how big or how small.Hamill has talked about the guilt she felt over how much her family sacrificed to help her pursue her dream.Her mother’s constant companionship wasn’t always easy, either.Who ended her four-minute final routine at the 1976 Innsbruck Games with the now-famous Hamill Camel, a signature move that turned a camel spin into a sit spin.