Put a sharpshooter on cancer! Support pours in after Bret Hart reveals prostate cancer diagnosis - Firstpost
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Put a sharpshooter on cancer! Support pours in after Bret Hart reveals prostate cancer diagnosis

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Legendary pro-wrestler Bret 'Hitman' Hart has been punched, kicked, body-slammed, hit with chairs, fallen from ladders and even been sat on by a nearly 600-pound beast of a man. But on Monday, he told the world, in an emotionally-worded Instagram post, that he was in his biggest fight yet: The battle with prostate cancer.

"It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world," wrote the 58-year-old retired grappler, adding with trademark self-deprecation, "I've paid a price for all that 'fake' wrestling." 

According to National Cancer Institute, this form of cancer is 'the most common' type among American men, after skin cancer, and 'the second leading cause of death from cancer in men'. However, for the Canadian Bret Hart, this isn't the first life-threatening situation he has faced: "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," wrote Bret in his post.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, Bret outlined his resolve by saying. "Hopefully in the near future I can prove to people that I will overcome this battle and be on the better side of it in six months or so. Hopefully, people will gain strength from that and use me as somebody they can look up to if someone in their family or themselves goes through it."

We expected no less from 'the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be'!

Here's his Instagram post:

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 x

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Encouragement and support for the Hitman has been pouring in on social media from fans, well-wishers and a large chunk of the pro-wrestling community.

Here's a sample:

First Published On : Feb 4, 2016 10:14 IST

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