“Black Widow” Janet Leigh, One Year After Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis: “Fighting a Good Fight”


Known for “eating enemies alive” on the pool table, Janet Leigh sat in a hospital bed in New York, turned on Facebook live, and hung her to 180,000 people. Say an update.

According to her, January 2022 was a rough start to the new year. But it’s not as rough as it was in early 2021.

At this time of last year, the 50-year-old mother of her three daughters Diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.. Her illness severely devastated her body, her friends and her family were afraid she would live for only a few months.

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A year later, with past treatments and surgery, Lee said she had new hopes. Hope to accompany the battle needed to become a world-famous pocket billiard player. Early in her career, the battle she needed to become a woman who was told she would never beat a man.

Janet Leigh renewed her fans in a New York hospital earlier this month after undergoing a fall surgery.

Janet Leigh renewed her fans in a New York hospital earlier this month after undergoing a fall surgery.

“Stage 4 ovarian cancer, odds aren’t big,” Lee said. Posted video Early this month. “But I feel like I couldn’t be the world champion if I had the chance to be number one.”

Therefore, Lee is not focusing on statistics for her cancer, which has a 5-year survival rate of 17%.

“You have to go for it, and I want to enjoy my life,” Lee said. “I want to do as much as I can with what I have and feel blessed. That’s how it was. In other words, it wasn’t easy.”

However, having Lee in a hospital in Stony Brook, NY this month had nothing to do with cancer. Still, she said it was one of her most terrifying health battles.

“It was brutal … out of control.”

It was New Year’s Eve when Lee started trekking to New York City in a camper van. She went on her once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“When I heard the news about cancer, I started talking to my sister who lives in Hong Kong, and (we) thought it was good to spend some time in New York,” she said. “And I just visit my old friends and family, people I don’t spend much time with.”

When riding there, Lee (she said she has the rule to stand up in the car only in case of an emergency) stood up to tell the driver something. Around that time, the car headed for the lane of the camper. Lee was flipped behind her when the driver stepped on the brakes to avoid hitting the car.

Janet Leigh told Facebook fans that she's often tired, but she's trying to get the most out of her daily life.

Janet Leigh told Facebook fans that she’s often tired, but she’s trying to get the most out of her daily life.

“And I was the first to get down the steep stairwell of this big camper,” she said. “Anyway, it got pretty rough.”

Lee was rushed to the emergency room, where scans and MRI ruled out nothing serious. She was released and told to follow up with her doctor.

Lee said he knew something was having a serious problem while he was at a friend’s house in New York. She had a hard time talking. She knew what she wanted to say, but she didn’t say anything. She fell three times. Lee said she was “clumsy.”

“I always dropped things, dropped forks, dropped cups, dropped pens, and wands,” she said. “No matter what I tried to get, I couldn’t grasp it.”

Lee Seung-yuop was hard to think, had a bad conversation, was very tired and was in pain.

“It was cruel. It was really scary and unmanageable,” Lee said. “I could hardly do anything.”

Lee returned to ER. There she was diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is “a narrowing of the space in the spine that can put pressure on the nerves that pass through the spine.”

Lee’s weaknesses and imbalances were due to stenosis. I also had pain. Lee Seung-yuop was scheduled for emergency back surgery.

Janet Leigh lived in Mooresville in the middle of the pool and gained fame.

Janet Leigh lived in Mooresville in the middle of the pool and gained fame.

Ten days after surgery, Lee shot a Facebook video and commented that she didn’t like the growth of her black hair after she lost her black hair to treat her cancer. But she said it really wasn’t something to think about. Her blessing was.

“I am very grateful to have incredible family and friends and the support system there,” she said. “And all my fans who have sent prayers, that’s all important.”

It’s all important and helpful as she keeps moving forward, Lee said.

“Write your own story”

Lee Seung-yuop became emotional and philosophical when he spoke to the fan who was sending the message in the video.

“I’m reading what you guys are saying,” Lee said. “You guys are very sweet.”

She made a video to tell them that 2022 was off to a tough start, but never gave up hope.

“Just look up, look forward to that day, look forward to tomorrow, and see what you can do with it,” she said. “And even if you feel like it, just don’t use it in bed.”

Janet Leigh, the winner of the Billiard Champions Tournament and known as

Janet Leigh, the winner of the Billiard Tournament of Champions and known as “Black Widow,” showed off her pool skills at the Indianapolis Home Show nearly 20 years ago.

Most days, Lee said, she feels like she’s staying in bed. Stage 4 cancer can be devastating to the body and mind.

“I find myself inside and outside of depression, but there are also aspects like,’No, I’m going to live longer,'” she said. “I can’t beat the setbacks of my life. I’ll keep a positive attitude.”

Lee Seung-yuop said that there are days when he can’t get out of bed.

“I have beautiful kids and I’m really looking forward to it. You can’t focus on the negatives,” she said.

She also added that she wants to play in the pool soon.

A woman who transcends sports

In her sport of pocket billiards, Lee spit out his competitors when she became the number one player in the world. She was a woman who transcended later thought sports in the mainstream world of soccer and basketball and became an international superstar.

She starred on ESPN’s The Body, walked the red carpet at the ESPY Awards, and was featured on People, Glamor, and Sports Illustrated.

At the height of her early success, Lee was based in Indianapolis and lived in Carmel and Mooresville. She was able to meet other sports superstars Peyton Manning, Elio Castroneves, Travis Best and Edgerrin James.

Korean-American Lee was an icon for winning sponsorships that had nothing to do with billiards, chalk, or clues. This includes a 7-year contract with Bass Pro Shops.

She has appeared on many national television shows, including Good Morning America, Crook & Chase, and Hardcopy. She starred in the Walt Disney movie The Other Sister, directed by Garry Marshall.

Lee said she knows her success has given her a platform that no one else has when she fights cancer.

“Everything you experience is an opportunity to inspire others,” she said. “You can be a person that people sympathize with, but isn’t it better to write your own story and be an inspiring person?

“When you have a good fight, you will get more from life.”

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