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Is this true about Jen's brother?

I was just wondering because I heard yesturday that Jen's brother had cancer. My friend told me that I had already knew this before, but I don't think I ever did. Can someone help me out here!!!

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you what? now that you mention that, i remember hearing a couple of yeas ago. but i think it happen way back.
Denise, jen´s mom, had a serious illness aswell but i don't what it was.

i don't like to hear about sad stuff. it makes me sad, and that happened so close to Jen, i meam mother and brother, that's awfull.
i know how it is like, my mother had cancer last year and those are some really bad times. i hate thinking about it. now that i look back i'm think: "man... my mother had cancer..."
i went thru it and Jen went thru it, to think what she felt makes me real bad...
when you care about someone...
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They've both (Denise & Steven) had cancer and are both in remission. Jen said that's why she was so excited to play the Exhibition in Richmond, VA on 9/17 against Aneres Williams, as it was for the Massey Cancer Research Center.

Steven's was testicular I think??? And Denise... I'm not sure but it was just before her hip replacement in March/April of 200..........0/1?
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Yeah, Steven found a lump a fair few years ago. It was around 2000, I seem to think, certainly no later. As far as I know, it's rarely mentioned and very few details have ever surfaced, but he's believed to be ok these days.

As for Denise, she was actually having treatment for thyroid cancer during the early part of 2001. In fact, at one stage, Jen withdrew from AI (I think), in order to look after Denise. One report I read said that Jennifer was the rock Denise needed at that stage. When Denise was suffering, it was Jen who got her out and gave her strength to keep going. In the middle of the greatest form of her career, Jen's life was centred around helping her mother do basic stuff like shower. Perspective, huh?

Denise then had a bad fall, I thought it was, and busted her hip and consequently couldn't fly any decent distance so missed the Wimbledon that followed soon after. She's certainly not had much luck. Wasn't there something about her house being battered from the hurricanes?


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That is really sad. When I saw Steven at the us open, you wouldnt even know he had cancer before. He seemed great and still is!! I didn't know her mom had cancer too! Man, that sucks! Two people in one family...that is horrible. At least they are both in remission and doing well now. Good luck to them all!

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I was unaware that her parents and brother had cancer. Obviously it makes sense that Jen would be inclined to appear in benefits and matches on behalf of cancer research. In fact, I wrote two letters to Miss Capriati in the last two months thanking her for her willingness and commitments to attend events that are directed toward cancer research, and hopefully one day a cure. Unfortunately, I know all to well the terror and pain that cancer inflicts on families. I lost my mother on July 20th of this year from breast cancer. She was diagnosed in December of 2000, battled through 2 rounds of chemo and 3 rounds of radiation. She passed away in the ICU at 11:20 am with me, my brother, sister and aunt at her bedside holding her, with love. It was, without a doubt, the hardest and most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life. The pain, ache and loss I continue to feel is beyond any emotion I've ever felt before and I miss her, I miss everything about her.

I have, since her death, volunteered to sit and help care for the patients at the cancer center where she was treated. I have just recently become more involved in cancer benefits, walks, etc. in the hopes that my single effort will help at all, no matter how insignificant.

Sorry for my ramblings, I didn't mean to get started... Anyhow, I applaud Jen and other players that give of themselves to such great causes. They are under no obligation to attend or play such events and it speaks a lot about the character and selflessness of a person to get involved in a positive way against a disease that is one of the most indiscriminate, indifferent and unprejudiced diseases mankind has ever known.

She was treated at Patients Comprehensive Cancer Center in Carrollton, Texas. The url is www.pccctx.com in case you know of someone who is dealing with cancer and might have questions or just looking for information.
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the more i read about Jen the more i admire her. to look back and really just think deeply on what happen to and around her, is amzing how anyone can get out of it like nothing happened. she's a role model for life not just sports. i wish her all the luck in the world. i'd give her mine if i could.
yeah, but let's not talk about sad stuff, right?
i hope they are all ok now especially Stefano with that big ass belly he's got goin' on... and also that jen is having fun vacating or whatever it is that she's doin'. i don't usually find out what she does on these months off, but she's probably off to a sunny sunny island somewhere in the carribean.
don't get too tanned Jennifer, Australia's next and i don't want anibody comparing you to Vijay Singh. not that i'm racist or anything like that... au contraire (french- chique uh?) i'm an apologist to the interaction of different races. i love everybody and everything too. animals and all, that's why i don't eat them, yeah i'm vegetarian, almost vegan but i don't know if i can go that far. i'm not trying to, though.

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Ok now I am sorry that I even asked because I am for sure about to cry. I never knew that stuff about Steven or her mother. To think of Jen doing that is so weird. I guess I just think that stuff like that can never happend to her. I just think of her as playing tennis and living a fun life. Never did I think of her caring for her mom and giving her a reason to fight. I guess bad things can happen to everyone. That is amazing I like and admire Jen even more now. Ok now I am really teary eyed.


sixfeetfree I am so sorry for your lose and I could never imagine how you must feel. That must have been so hard for you and all of your family to watch happen. I not only applaud Jen and the other stars for helping with this disease, but you also. This disease is so horrible I know a family friend that was diagnosed and 3 weeks later passed away. Like Jen you are doing everything you can to help in the only way you can and that is awesome.

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sixfeetfree, I am so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. It sounds like she fought a very brave battle with the disease. I hope they find a cure for cancer as soon as possible.

Steven had a tumor around his groin and it was removed. I remember reading some articles about how Jen had helped her mom through those tough times. A lot of people don't have any idea what kind of person Jennifer is.

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sixfeetfree...so sorry to hear about your mom! I can't even imagine what it must have been like. But it sounds like she fought hard and was a champion in your hearts!!

JennyS you're right! People don't know what Jen is like. They all think she is a rude, obnoxious bitch...when in reality she is the greatest, nicest, friendliest, caring (etc) person ever. She is so strong willed and has that certain passion in her heart that makes her a role model to so many people! I just can't get over how great and awesome she is....I'm damn proud to be her fan!!!! Go Jen!!!

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sixfeetfree i can't imagine how you must feel, i mean, my mother had cancer too, but she's alive, a little too fat but still with our family.
i'm not the best person to say anything about that kind of thing just, u know, you have to move forward, even though you might not feel like you have the strength to move on, that is just the thought of the moment, next day, week or even month you'll just realise that stuff happens and it's not a good thing, and good stuff won't just start to happen just because terrible things have already did happened.
i'm not religious, i see the world as a machine, i don't believe in destiny, i don't believe things happen for a reason, i believe people make their own path, what they want to do is their choise to do and not somebody else's. what happens to people or to anything just simply happens. why does it always have to be because God said so? if you look at diseases in a scientific way, instead of, it was meant to happen, it all mkes more sense, like in cancer, i could have brought up something diferent, but we're talking about cancer, if anyone has cancer cells your gonna have cancer, is as simple as that! why you get those cells? is not that complicated, from food, sun, maybe cause your whole family had those cells, not because somebody, somehow made it happen, just because it had to, that makes no sense to me, but that's just me... so if you're religious, sixfeetfree, than you have a totally diferent perpective wich i don't understand, but that's ok, i'm not the kind of people that imposes their beliefs, i think everybody should co-exist,
just, you know, i was trying to make death a little more technical and maybe a little easier to handle, i think.
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Thank you all for your kind and generous comments, I appreciate your care. Mother did fight a courageous and tenacious fight, and I could not be any more proud of her. Just as we all think, "[it] won't happen to MY family", and then it does. Mother's battle with breast cancer has reminded me of forgotten lessons, and one of them is, to plan for long term but live for the short, because the future is promised to none.

Jennifer's care for her mother during that time is admirable and brave. I too shouldered that resposibility. I took my mother to the cancer center four to five days a week, for 5 hours a day, for a year and a half of treatment. In that short time, mother and I had developed a special bond, I cannot explain it, other than to say it showed me the absolute true meaning of love.

I have to agree with you all, Jennifer is certainly a caring and giving soul, devoted to her family, and helping others in their fights with cancer - for that reason alone, I am very fond and grateful to her for the time she spends helping others, plus, she's not too shabby on the tennis court either.
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Here's an excerpt from an article from the 2001 French Open about how Jen helped her mom. Denise had thyroid cancer and skin cancer as well as hip replacement surgery.

"Over the last year Capriati has seen her mother stricken with thyroid cancer, skin cancer and recurring hip ailments that forced Denise to skip the Australian Open and undergo hip-replacement surgery. During the recovery Jennifer was always there, holding up Denise in the shower, helping her dress, keeping her spirits high. "I couldn't do the things I wanted to do," says Denise, "and at times you go on a pity party and say, 'I don't have any more energy.' Jennifer would hear none of it. 'Mom,' she would say, 'we've fought bigger battles than this.'"

Here is a link to the article.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/fea...capriati/vive/

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By the time she hit Paris, Jennifer had the drill down. Accompanied by her 21-year-old brother, Steven, as well as Denise and Stefano, Jennifer did no sightseeing and kept telling her mother, "Only the strong survive." On the morning of the final Jennifer turned to Steven and said, "Time to do what we came here to do."
I hope Jen finds this will within herself again for 2005!!
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I didn't know it....I'm very sad for Jenny and her family.
I hope they are fine now!!!!!!!!

Jennifer, you are a great girl!!!!! Good luck for the next year!!!!!!!!

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