This is so incredibly sad.
Bret Hart a.k.a. “The Hitman” used to battle in out in the WWE ring as he wrestled opponents and now we has a much more serious and scarier battle to fight — against cancer.
Hart took to Instagram to announce that he has has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery in the next few days to hopefully rid his body of it.
The former wrestler posted:
It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I’ve spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I’ve paid a price for all that “fake” wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: “We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance.” I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I’ve always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I’ve got much of it around me all the time, for which I’m truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B xA photo posted by Bret (@brethitmanhart) on Feb 1, 2016 at 8:28am PST
While this must be an incredibly difficult time for the 58-year-old and his family, it sounds like the athlete is staying positive.
Though Hart had to retire from the sport in 1999 when he suffered a concussion, he was lucky enough to have an incredibly successful career. Not only did he win the world heavyweight championship five times when the league was know as the WWF, but he also won twice with the WCW.
Aside from his own accomplishments, the Hitman also comes from a famed family as his father Stu Hart wrestled professionally before becoming a trainer. His brother Owen Hart was also a professional wrestler until a tragic accident took his life in 1999.
We know Hart has a of heart and maybe even more fans! We join them in rooting for him to pull though!
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