By Ted Lerner
Multiple Women’sWorld Champion Kelly Fisher has announced that she will be undergoing majorsurgery on December 8th in Charlotte, North Carolina.
After taking a series of gene tests, Fisher was recently diagnosedas carrying the BRCA 2 gene, a mutated gene that increases the risk of breastcancer up to astaggering 85% and ovarian cancer up to 29%. It is similar to the condition of actressAngelina Jolie, who after discovering she had the BRCA 1 gene, decided to haveboth of her breasts removed in a preventative step to stop the likelydevelopment of breast cancer.
At the same time the37 year-old Fisher was also found to have the BRIP 1gene, a second mutated gene that carries its own elevated risks of both breastand ovarian cancers.
Fisher willtherefore undergo a double mastectomy at the Carolina Medical Center, inCharlotte on December 8th. This will be accompanied at the same timeby reconstruction surgery. The entire operation processwill last between 8 to 12 hours. Fisher expects tohave a three month recovery period before she returns to action fit and ready by the second quarter of 2016.
"Mygoal is to participate in both the Amway Cup and the Chinese 8-ball WorldChampionships in March,” Fisher said recently.
Fisherwill also undergo a hysterectomy sometime later next year. That process willrequire a further one month recovery period.
This is now thesecond time in the last 18 months that the Yorkshire, England native has had toface a major operation. In July of 2014, Fisher underwent openheart surgery to repair a large atrial septal defect, a condition that is morecommonly known as a “hole in the heart". After a three month recoveryperiod, she returned to competitive play and went onto win the Tournament Of Champions in MA, USA. She then flew directly to Chinafor the 2014 Women’s World 9-ball Championship in Guilin.
It should be noted that this time around the former Women’s World 9-ball and 10-ball champion is not currently ill, but is taking proactive, preventive action.
“It started when Igot a new physician in Charlotte,” Fisher said. “After losing both my parentsto cancer and two of my grandparents, my physician suggested that I go for thegene test, which is just a simple blood test. Theylook at 29 of your genes for mutations which they have now found link tovarious cancers. My father has recently died of prostate cancer, butmoreover my mother had passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007, which is found to be genetic. So I agreed to take the test. Unfortunately three weeks laterthe test came back positive that I had the BRCA2 and the BRIP 1 genemutation.
「这一切从我在夏洛特找了一位新的医师之后开始。」凯莉费雪说到：「在我的亲人相继因癌症去世之后，我的医师建议我去做基因检验，只是个做个验血。他们会基于突变因素检视你的29个现今发现与癌症有关的基因。我的父亲最近才因为前列腺癌去世，而我的母亲在2007年就因为卵巢癌去世。因为是与基因有关，所以我决定做这个测试。不过很不幸的在三周后测试报告显示我对于BRCA 2以及BRIP 1的基因突变呈现阳性反应。」
“The breast cancerrisk being at 85% is not something I wanted to go along with and taking mychances on the 15%, so as soon as I got this information it was a no brainer tome to take preventative action.”
Fisher isapproaching this life changing operation in her characteristic positive manner.She also hopes to use her experience to help educate women."Weare very fortunate nowadays that we have the technology that gives us theopportunity to have these tests and prevent possible cancers. I am verythankful for that!!"
“It was a shock andit’s obviously scary,” she said. “But after going through the open heartsurgery last year this should be at least a littleeasier. It’s daunting that your body is going to change so much. I’m going to physically look different and this is why I wantedto let my fans and people in the pool world know.
“I also want to helppeople, other women about awareness of this. If you have a lot of cancer inyour family, I think it’s good to be proactive, especially if you have childrenbecause they can also contract this problem.
“I am feeling verypositive. Of course I'm nervous and the whole thingis quite overwhelming. But I feel I’m doing the right thing. Actually I haven’t even second guessed it. I knowI’m doing the right thing.”
Fisher is so upbeatabout the action she has decided to take, that she was even able to joke aboutthe breast reconstruction surgery that she will undergo right after her doublemastectomy. It's called the DIEP Flap procedure. Ratherthan implants, doctors will use tissue and fat from her belly area to performthe reconstruction and advised her to try and add on some pounds before thesurgery.
“Thedoctors told me to gain some weight so the more belly fat that I have, thebigger my new boobs can be,” Fisher said with a big laugh. “So it’s one of theexcuses I’m using for putting on some weight lately.”
Fisher has been one of pool’s leading lights over the last ten years, winning every major women’s event on the calendar. After a stellar career in snooker beginning at the age of 13 years old, in which she won the WorldSnooker Championship six times, she turned to American pool in 2004 and quickly rose to the top of the WPBA Tour in the US winning many major events. But in 2011 she began to dominate the women’s game and went onto be the top ranked player in the world. She won her first world title by grabbing the 2011World 10-ball championship in Manila. In 2012 Fisher then captured the Women’sWorld 9-ball Championship in Shenyang, China. That same year she steamrolled thecompetition on her way to winning the China Open in Shanghai. In 2013 Fisherwon the long running Amway Cup in Taipei.
The entire poolcommunity would like to wish Kelly Fisher asuccessful surgery and speedy recovery. Her extraordinary fighting spirit willsurely carry her through this trying time and soon see her competing in theworld’s biggest pool arenas better and stronger than ever.