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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #300 on: May 20, 2014, 01:24 PM »
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She was not diagnosed with liver cancer until after her marriage, so her husband didn't know she was terminally ill., not that he wouldn't have married her anyway. They were both so full of plans for her Academy, so the diagnoses of Liver cancer would have come as a real shock and the speed of it very difficult for all those near her.
   I was not aware of that.  I thought that she'd lived with this diagnosis  for many years
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #301 on: May 20, 2014, 01:32 PM »
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   I was not aware of that.  I thought that she'd lived with this diagnosis  for many years

No, but the condition she lived with since she was 19 had a strong chance of progression to liver cancer.
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #302 on: May 20, 2014, 01:39 PM »
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So moving Frown thanks for posting!
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #303 on: May 20, 2014, 03:17 PM »
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   I was not aware of that.  I thought that she'd lived with this diagnosis  for many years

Unfortunately not, or rather, fortunately I suppose, depending on your view. Liver cancer is very difficult to treat because of the nature of it, and its survival rates, and indeed the rates for those living with it for any length of time, remain shockingly low.

Must just also say that Neil Harman has an extraordinary way with words. How incredibly moving was his piece?
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #304 on: May 20, 2014, 03:18 PM »
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Very moving report from Neil Harman. Thanks for posting
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #305 on: May 20, 2014, 07:10 PM »
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That tribute made me well up.
Thanks for posting, Grab.
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #306 on: May 20, 2014, 08:08 PM »
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I didn't know her, but I saw her play once or twice.  Hard to believe that vital spirit is gone.  Must be a nightmare for her family - really feel for them.  However, their lives would be the worse, if she hadn't touched them - that's the bitter sweet.  Frown
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #307 on: May 20, 2014, 09:51 PM »
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I shed a tear reading that very moving tribute, which thanks for posting Nigel.

My own recollection of Bally was just after she retired when she was interviewed by a newspaper and said how much she was looking forward to the future and to working with her Academy and helping the young and not so young to appreciate the sport.  Now she's gone.  It's just so very, very sad.  The only consolation for me is that her love of the game, dedication and fighting spirit will live on and hopefully inspire those she sought to encourage for many years to come.
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Re: Elena Baltacha « Reply #308 on: May 21, 2014, 08:53 AM »
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I'll always remember the moment Bally heard she'd qualified for the Olympics. She was playing at Wimbledon, I think it was the first round in 2012, but I can't remember who she was playing. During the match one of the comms said that Elena didn't know, but she'd got in to Team GB. She duly won her match and went over to Judy Murray, who was watching from the sidelines, to celebrate. It was Judy's job to tell Bally she was in, which she obviously did. The look of utter joy on Bally's face will live with me for years to come, as will the way she then burst in to tears and embraced Judy. It was a moment of genuine joy that I felt privilged to witness.

I can't even begin to imagine the grief Bally's family and friends must be feeling, as well as the shock, because it all happened so suddenly. Every time they mention Bally's death on the news it still has the power to take my breath away, so it must be unimagineable for those who knew and loved her.

Bally will live on in the lives of everyone she touched. Her fighting spirit, the way she never gave up in the face of injury and illness and remained so relentlessly positive,  her desire to bring the game to all sorts of people who might not get to try it otherwise, will surely be her legacy for many years to come.
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