Arsenal defender Jennifer Beattie has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. In an interview with BBC Sport the 29-year old Scottish international centre-half said, “You automatically think the worst. I asked the question, ‘Am I going to die?’ that’s what I asked them.
“I was grateful because they allowed my club doctor to be in appointments with me to ask all the right medical questions, because I didn’t have a clue.” When Jen scored against Brighton back in October, an extra level of emotion was apparent in the celebrations, with every member of the team running towards her.
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“The girls here were just unbelievable,” Beattie said. “I feel like it’s moments like these or times like these where you realise why you play sport. It really is like being part of a family away from family.
“I don’t know what I would have done without them. That’s the staff and the players. They’ve all been unbelievable. The support I’ve had down here has got me through it, for sure.”
The full interview will be aired in the UK on BBC’s Football Focus programme at 12noon today.
You can find out more about breast cancer and, more specifically, early diagnosis here.