Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Phil Mickelson's Mother: Breast Cancer

Talk about unfortunate, not only does Mickelson's wife have breast cancer, now his mother also has it.

Phil Mickelson's mother, Mary, was diagnosed with breast cancer last week about the same time his wife Amy was undergoing breast cancer surgery.

Mary Mickelson, 67, is scheduled for surgery Friday at the same hospital where her daughter-in-law was treated, the world-renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Mickelson's sister, Tina, told the San Diego Union Tribune she wanted to make Phil Mickelson's mother's breast cancer condition known so she could receive the same outpouring of support and prayers that meant so much to Amy

"We don't feel like we're alone in this," Mickelson said before competing in the U.S. Open at Bethpage two weeks ago. "And there are 200,000 people that go through this, or get diagnosed with breast cancer alone every year. So we are by far a long ways away from being the only person going through this. So many people do. But to feel that support, it means a lot."

It is not known whether Amy's diagnosis triggered Phil Mickelson's mother into any early breast cancer testing. Early detection played a big part in Amy Mickelson's more optimistic prognosis.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mickelsons.


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