Saturday, June 1, 2019

Gibbs' return from cancer surgery postponed

   Complications from Nicole Gibbs' recent cancer surgery have delayed her return to competition.
   Gibbs underwent surgery for sclerosing microcystic adenocarcinoma in the roof of her mouth on May 17 in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old former Stanford star had hoped to return for Wimbledon qualifying (June 25-27).
   "I've had some humbling moments in the past couple weeks that have made me realize the futility of a 'plan' when it comes to a recovery like this," Gibbs tweeted Thursday. "I've felt at times like I've wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. But, in those moments, I still see and feel your support and appreciate it greatly."
   According to Gibbs, the cancer is unlikely to return but if it does probably would not spread.
   "There are only a handful of known cases of this cancer, and I'm the first documented case to occur in the roof of the mouth!" Gibbs wrote.
   She ended her tweet with "Back as soon as I can be."
   Gibbs has battled depression since high school but said last July in Berkeley, where she reached the final, that she was "doing awesome."

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