Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: this celluloid dream
The Trials and Tribulations of Helen Kelesi
A few days back, I was up late, and this show came on TSN (Canadian sports network, if you don't know) called TSN Profiles. Anyway, they were profiling Helen Kelesi, interviewing her, her father, a former Fed cup captain for Canada, etcetera, etcetera. Very compelling stuff. Anyway, I did not realize the grave extent of Helen's health problems. She has suffered NUMEROUS brain tumours, she had to have her forehead removed! Yes, that's right, her forehead was removed. She has a synthetic one now. Also, she has permanently lost her sense of smell from all the operations, and has suffered much damage to her eyesight over the years. It's just truly horrible what has befallen her. They said that the first tumour she had removed (in 1994) had been growing inside of her for about TWELVE YEARS. She played every single pro tennis match of her life with a brain tumour. The doctors said they did not know how she was able to function. Her long-term health is still in doubt, and she's only 34.
Oh, if you don't know who Helen Kelesi is, she was Canada's best player for about four or five years towards the late 80s and early 90s. her ranking peaked in the top 15 (i think, not sure if she ever cracked the top ten), and she made the QF of the French Open a time or two, I think. So yeah, did anybody else see this special on her, or am I the only one? It was on at some ungodly hour, so i would not be surprised if i was.