Shelley Kerr sends show of support to Jen Beattie

Scotland and Arsenal defender Jen Beattie, 29, has today spoken about her breast cancer diagnosis in October, in an interview with the BBC.

She said: “It kind of does seem like a massive blur. You automatically think the worst. I asked the question, 'Am I going to die?' - that's what I asked them.

"I was grateful because they allowed my club doctor to be in appointments with me to ask all the right medical questions, because I didn't have a clue.”

Beattie missed out on Scotland’s October matches against Albania and Finland due to the diagnosis but returned to the pitch for the recent games against Portugal and Finland to make her 130th cap for her country.

Scotland Women’s National Team head coach Shelley Kerr said: “Jen’s announcement today demonstrates incredible bravery to talk about a difficult subject and the struggles she has gone through recently.

“She is an incredible player and a brilliant role model for youngsters. At the Scotland National Team we are all behind her and wish her well.

“Jen confided in me early on and I’ve supported her as well as I possibly can. She has also received a lot of support at her club which has really helped her.

“It’s great that she’s using her experiences to raise awareness of cancer and talk about a subject that can impact so many. Hopefully Jen sharing her story will help others and encourage people to get checked if they don’t think something is quite right.

“Despite missing the matches in October, she wanted to be selected for the recent games, in November, which shows the strength of her character and how passionate she is to play for Scotland.

“It was brilliant to see her back on the pitch and we look forward to seeing her pull on the national team jersey for years to come.”

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