You never know what to expect when you attend a baseball game. You hope to catch a foul ball if one comes your way. You just don't expect it to hit you in the stomach and end up saving your life. That's what happened to Jenny Sorrell last May.
Attending a Rangers game with her mother they sat behind the visitor's dugout. The Rangers were winning and it was the bottom of the seventh. They thought about leaving early because the Mavericks had a playoff game that night they wanted to see. Alfonso Soriano who already hit two home runs that game was up to bat so they decided to see what he'd do.
He hit a line drive foul ball that was heading right for her. It didn't hit anything or anyone else. She knew it was coming but couldn't move. It hit her squarely in the stomach. The pain was unbelievable. She said she couldn't breath. She tried to remain calm because she probably knew she was on tv.
Stadium medics took her to the first aid room and suggested she'd go to the emergency room. She said she was fine. The next day her stomach was still swollen. Her sister, a nurse, suggested she go to the emergency room to just check it out. All still laughing at the story.
She got a CAT scan to determine any kidney or spleen injuries. The doctor gave her the good news that those organs were safe but she had ovarian cancer. Within two weeks of the game she had 15 tumors removed, including one that weighed 10 pounds.
The reason the foul ball was such a life saver is that ovarian cancer is a "silent killer". Symptoms are usually subtle until it's too late. One woman she knows died six weeks after diagnosis. Jenny is now in remission, though long term stats are still against her.
That fateful foul ball to the st0mach saved her life. Something so seemingly unlucky turns out to be a blessing. Really sometimes life sends you hints in funny ways.
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