Scotland and Arsenal defender Jen Beattie has been receiving remedy for breast most cancers.
Beattie was recognized in October however has since performed for membership and nation.
The 29-year-old has made 4 Ladies’s Tremendous League appearances this season for Arsenal, who she joined in 2019.
Describing the second she came upon about her analysis, Beattie instructed Soccer Focus: “I will be sincere, you robotically assume the worst. I requested the query: ‘Am I going to die?'”
She added: “It was full panic and disbelief and I used to be scared. That was the overriding issue all through the entire course of.”
Beattie had a biopsy and was recognized just a few days later, earlier than receiving a remedy plan and having surgical procedure to take away the lump in her breast. She describes it as “an enormous studying course of”.
“You by no means assume something like that’s going to occur to you,” she mentioned. “You in all probability assume, as a sportsperson, not that you’ll be immune, however that it is by no means going to be as near residence as your self.”
Following surgical procedure, Beattie was instructed the most cancers had not unfold and that she wouldn’t require chemotherapy, which she says was “the turning level”.
Beattie performed for Arsenal on 11 October, scoring in a 5-0 WSL victory over Brighton simply three days after her analysis.
“I genuinely really feel the celebration of that purpose sums up the entire expertise and the way the women reacted to this entire factor,” she mentioned. “They’ve simply been wonderful and so constructive, asking questions and simply being there for me on the whole.
“There was simply an outburst of emotion with that purpose.”
Beattie was unable to be together with her household in Scotland all through the method due to coronavirus restrictions, however says the help of her team-mates has been essential.
“It is instances like these the place you realise why you play sport. It truly is like being a part of a household, away from household,” she mentioned.
“They’ve actually been unbelievable, and there since day one. I do not know what I’d have completed with out them.”
Beattie featured for Scotland in Ladies’s Euro 2022 qualifiers towards Portugal and Finland in November and December, although Shelley Kerr’s side missed out on a place at the tournament.
“The primary recreation towards Portugal I simply bear in mind considering: ‘This may not have occurred, it may have gone the opposite approach.’ That cap means extra to me now than every other cap I’ve beforehand been given,” she mentioned.
Beattie performed for Arsenal in a 3-0 win over Birmingham Metropolis on 6 December, however she is ready to start out radiotherapy within the coming weeks.
She says her goal now’s to boost consciousness of getting breast most cancers at a younger age and encourage girls to get checked.
“I do know individuals are perhaps scared to go to the hospital and scared to get checked out due to Covid, however there are nonetheless methods to do it,” mentioned Beattie.
“I’ve buddies who work within the NHS and so they’ve mentioned diagnoses have gone down massively for most cancers this yr, and that scares me a lot, understanding that individuals are sitting at residence and may perhaps really feel issues however are too scared to go in.
“Whether or not you are 29 or 79, it would not actually matter and also you might need to take care of it sooner or later.
“It’s possible you’ll reside the healthiest life-style attainable, however you continue to must go and get this stuff checked and be actually acutely aware.
“Even whether it is nonetheless a horrible course of to undergo, it may be a a lot better ending when you simply go and get checked.”