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By Jeanette Lee
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Aug: No Pain - No Gain
August 2014

Q: Of all the championship matches you've played, which was the most challenging? Brian G., Philadelphia, PA?

Brian G., Philadelphia, PA.

A: It was the Gentlemen Jack Dallas shootout. I've always had back problems, but this day was worse than any I'd experienced during a tournament. I was waiting for my match, and suddenly got a horrible deep stab through my spine. I fell to the ground. I called my husband, crying, and told him what happened. He told me I had to forget the tournament and come home. I couldn't believe my ears! What was the point of marrying a fellow pro if not to have his understanding of what it's like? Quit? I wasn't going to quit! He said, Fine, then. If you're going to put your health at risk, then you better make it worth what you're doing. So suck it up, get out there and make every ball you look at. If you can get down to miss the ball, then you can sure get down to make the ball.' I used my cue as a cane to get around the table. I beat Line Kjorsvik, Gerda Hofstatter, Allison Fisher and Karen Corr in the finals! When I made the final ball, I just leaned on the pool table and bawled like a baby from relief and pride in overcoming the the toughest challenge I'd ever faced.