Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Amy Mickelson diagnosed with breast cancer


Amy Mickelson, wife of Phil Mickelson, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The news was released this morning after Mickelson had undergone extensive testing. According to the release, more testing is scheduled but major surgery is expected, perhaps within the next two weeks.

Phil Mickelson has suspended his PGA Tour schedule indefinitely.

Amy Mickelson, who married Phil in 1996, has been a huge part of her husband's career. Whether watching a tournament with their three children or taking an active role in a variety of charitable causes she and Phil have been involved with, Amy Mickelson brings an uncommon charm with her.

A former Phoenix Suns cheerleader, Amy can light up a room. Whether it's been a day, a month or a year since she's seen someone she knows, Amy makes a point of reconnecting with friends and acquaintances.

In the same way her husband draws fans to him, Amy has her own legion of fans.

And we're all wishing her well though this.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Mickelson family.

Anonymous said...

First things first, I wish her nothing but the best in her recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

I will also say this... it will be interesting to see how Phil handles this. Most people don't remember this, but when his youngest son was born there were a number of complications and he nearly lost Amy then, and because of it his career almost folded up. Granted, that was a few years ago and I think he's become 'older and wiser' since then. But still, as with most spouses, Amy is the cornerstone of his life. So I'm not sure how he'll react to this situation. But my hunch is we'll see a far different Phil no matter how this turns out. Either way, I wish the entire family nothing but the best.

Anonymous said...

From a BC survivor to a future survivor- Take time to cry, take time to pray, and then with the help of your doctors and God, beat this disease.

Anonymous said...

There is power in the name of Jesus. The Bible says His name is above every name, including the name of cancer. Do not choose to accept this diagnosis as fact. Choose to believe in the One who has conquered sin, death, and hell with all the nasty that comes with it. He has defeated cancer--hold tight to Him. By His stripes we are healed.

Anonymous said...

I think how Phil handles this as it relates to his career is probably the least important aspect of this story. Prayers go to the Mickelson family

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for the family & I hope she'll be 100% recovered soon.

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Anonymous said...

"Prayers," "God," "take time to pray," "do not choose to accept this diagnosis as fact." People, PLEASE. What she needs is all here on Earth, not in some supernatural fastasy world: a good surgeon, a skilled pathologist, a competent oncologist, a positive outlook, and love and support from her friends and family.

Anonymous said...

My prayers to the Mickelson Family. This is a life-altering event. I know Phil will get his wife to the best doctors. For those wondering, IMHO here is the short list: Sloane Kettering in NYC, M.D. Anderson in Houston and Duke in Durham. I lived through this with my wife AND it ain't easy especially if the cancer is beyond stage 1. But it can beaten!!! Just pick the best doctors you can afford and don't look back. Good luck Phil!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Mickelson family. God will bring them through these tough times.

Andy Brown said...

The wives are perhaps the most visible of a player’s fans. We are attuned to seeing the sight of a nervous wife or girlfriend stand by the 18th green, anxiously hoping to see a putt drop. Just earlier this year, during the Masters, the television cameras continuously played out the tension writ large on the face of the Perry family as Kenny Perry crumbled in a dramatic fashion by making bogeys on the final two holes and then lose the right to wear the green jacket in the playoff.

Viewers and fans across the world can associate themselves more easily with the family member as they mirror the emotions of a roller-coaster ride while the golfer out there has nothing else to do but focus on his game.

It is understandable to see Mickelson wanting to stay away from the game at such a time. It would be next to impossible for him to be able to carry on playing on and he seems to have taken the right decision.


The vivacious Amy Mickelson seems to be an unlikely prey for such an illness but like someone rightly pointed out, the disease is such that it has no favourites. We can only pray for a quick recovery for her.