Arsenal defender Jennifer Beattie reveals breast cancer battle

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Arsenal and Scotland International defender Jennifer Beattie has revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. 

The 29 year-old was speaking to BBC Sport in an interview with Football Focus which was broadcast at 12pm on Saturday.

Beattie in the interview explained how she found a lump a few months ago and speaking to the BBC 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.

"The girls here were just unbelievable  I feel it's moments like these or times like these when you realise why you play sport.


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"It really is like being part of a family away from family.

"I don't know what I would have done without them that's the staff and the players.

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"They've all been unbelievable the support I've had down here has got me through it for sure."

Beattie scored against Brighton & Hove Albion this season heading in a Katie McCabe corner with all her Arsenal teammates running to her as a clear message of support. 

The centre-back has featured in four matches this season and will be available for the Gunners against Manchester City on Sunday. 

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