Diagnosed in July 2020 with stage IV pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour with metastasis, Esther Lee is facing a long treatment journey. Even going through it all she exemplifies grace and expresses gratitude every step of the way.
Esther said, “I’ve truly learned to take it one day at a time. The greatest challenge being fully present in each day, moment by moment… this is the amazing place of peace and gratitude.”
Esther is a source of joy and inspiration to everyone she meets. She has a long list of celebrity clients including, snowboarder, Shaun White and USA tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.
In October, 2021 though her twitter page, an emotional Serena Williams asked others to help her support Team Esther for the 5K marathon.
My friend Esther is in treatment for pancreatic cancer. I've joined Team Esther for the LA Cancer Challenge 5K on on October 31st to raise awareness and do my part to help find a cure. Register and make a donation today! https://t.co/Egqv0UdHKO pic.twitter.com/491clTcVO9
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) October 22, 2021
She wrote, “My friend Esther is in treatment for pancreatic cancer. I’ve joined Team Esther for the LA Cancer Challenge 5K on October 31st. To raise awareness and do my part to help find a cure. Register and make a donation today!”
Serena Williams shows support to her former physical therapist, Esther Lee
Serena Williams has shown her support for her close friend Esther Lee after the physical therapist was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Lee travelled with the Williams sisters for six years while they dominated tennis as World and Olympic champions.
Recently, Serena took to Instagram to share the devastating news about Esther Lee. She wrote, “@estalee11 has been by my side for many years, and it was an honor to do the same for her after the devastation of her pancreatic cancer diagnoses. This @sportsillustrated story gives you a glimpse into the wildly fearless and brave road to recovery, and the many people she has inspired along the way. I couldn’t be more grateful to call her my friend.”
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the former world no.1 reminisced about her time with Lee. Williams said Lee “never left her side” when she was in the hospital battling for her life over a decade ago.
She said, “She never left my side. And I never asked for that. That meant a lot to me…She is such a caretaker. And beyond anything that I’ve ever seen, beyond anything you could write in a job description.”
She complimented Lee and said, “A wonderful, wonderful therapist. So good at what she was doing, and always taking different courses and learning more and more and more, and just wanted to make sure that she was the best she could be.”