Perseverance, Resiliency and Erin Andrews

This morning I came across a story on MMQB about unbelievable year Erin Andrews is having.

As many may know, Erin Andrews, NFL on Fox’s lead sideline reporter, had been dealing with a crazed stalker in court. I cannot even imagine the stress that must have come along with that, but it was finally settled in the fall after justice was finally served. Beyond the trial, though, she revealed to MMQB, that she had been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer right in the heart of football season:

Andrews was in a meeting at the Giants’ team facility on the Saturday morning before the Week 3 game between New York and Washington. Her doctor’s number popped up on her phone. Andrews excused herself. She was calling with the results of…tests, which were now conclusive: cervical cancer.
Andrews did not tell colleagues of her diagnosis. She worked that Sunday’s game, then flew home to L.A. She missed the Monday and Tuesday tapings of Dancing with the Stars; ABC said she took time off to support boyfriend (now fiancé) Jarret Stoll and his grieving family. (Stoll’s 17-year-old nephew had been killed in a car accident that weekend.) That, in part, was true. But Andrews was mostly dealing with her diagnosis.

Receiving some sort of medical diagnosis is a chilling feeling. Regardless of the severity, it brings with it a feeling of mortality and vulnerability. What’s incredibly inspiring, and moving for that matter, is how Erin Andrews handled her diagnosis:

Before she was wheeled into the operating room [on October 11] at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Andrews gave strict orders to her oncologist: “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.”
On a Thursday night, two days after the surgery, Andrews was on a red-eye from L.A. to Green Bay. She filmed a feature with Packers wideout Jordy Nelson on Friday morning.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews says. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”

Andrews talks about sports as her escape, and I can agree wholeheartedly with her that there is nothing more important in the face of adversity than some sort of mental and emotional release.

The things that we have in our lives: sports, activities, hobbies, arts, friendships, jobs or whatever they may be, are often the exact source of motivation through adversity that we all can use.

It’s amazing that we often look so far and wide for stories or different sources of motivation, when quite often they already exist in our lives and are sitting right in front of us.

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