Black Widow Jeanette Lee one year after Stage 4 cancer diagnosis


Jeanette Lee, the woman who earned the nickname Black Widow because, at the pool table, she was known to “eat her opponents alive,” sat in a New York hospital bed, turned on Facebook live and gave 180,000 people who hung on her every word an update.

January 2022, she said, has been a rough start for a New Year. But not nearly as rough as the start of 2021.

At this time last year, the 50-year-old mother of three daughters was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. The disease ravaged her body so brutally, friends and family were fearful she had just months to live.

How is the Black Widow doing?

A year later, past treatments and surgery, Lee said she has newfound hope. It’s the hope that comes with the fight it takes to be a world-renowned pocket billiards player. The fight it takes to be a woman who, early in her career, was told she would never beat the men.

“Stage 4 ovarian cancer, the odds are not great,” Lee said in a video posted earlier this month. “But I feel like if I went by the odds of me becoming No. 1, I never would have become a world champion.”

So when it comes to her cancer, which has a 17% five-year survival rate, Lee is not focusing on the statistics.

“You know, you’ve just got to go for it and I want to enjoy my life,” said Lee. “I want to do the best I can with what I have and I want to feel blessed and that’s the way that I feel. I mean, it’s not been easy.”

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