Lynn Casey of Millsboro, left, a breast cancer survivor and pickleball player, stands with Susan Brooker of Delaware Senior Olympics. (Submitted photo)

Cancer Survivor Gets Fit with Pickleball

February 24, 2016 · by By Susan Brooker of Delaware Senior Olympics · for Delaware State News

LEWES — Lynn Casey came onto the Pickleball Court at the Factory Hoops in Lewes with a quiet, yet competitive, spirit. Her story is not much different than many of ours.

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong:

Lynn worked for more than 26 years in the hospitality industry first as a hostess, then waitress. Working in the vacation area of Sea Girt, New Jersey, she enjoyed talking and helping people. She is not “someone who likes to sit still.”

Retirement brought her and her husband to Delaware. They now live in The Peninsula in Millsboro where they enjoy playing golf and pickleball.

Lynn began playing pickleball in summer 2013, first playing in her community and then with First StatePickleball Club out of Dagsboro.

She played once and “got hooked!” she said.

She always has been active, playing field hockey in high school then tennis. To her, pickleball is like no other sport. It’s social, always challenging and fun.

Then, one morning, Nov. 28, 2014, Lynn felt a lump in her breast and that started her journey which included breast removal, chemotherapy, radiation and then breast reconstruction.

She studied up on cancer, got the facts, asked questions and lived through the loss of her hair and her nails.

“You’ll never know what it took to get out of bed every day,” Lynn said. “In a split second my life changed. It blows my mind.

“I don’t take life for granted anymore.”

Today, she’s back on the pickleball court.

Her comeback started after Thanksgiving. She began slowly, but persevered, for the love the game and for herself.

She is back eating her favorite pasta, eggplant Parmesan, yogurt and protein shakes.

I remember Lynn leaving the pickleball court one Friday, not feeling well and not mentioning a reason why. We later spoke about her life-changing journey. That is why I share it with you.

We all come from different places in life, and hopefully, this story of courage will inspire you as it has those of us who know and by sharing this story of courage, Lynn is an inspiration to us all.

Editor’s note: Sue Brooker is with the Delaware Senior Olympics, a nonprofit group that holds annual games with 27 sports available to 40-plus age group. The mission is to promote fun, fitness and fellowship and healthy active lifestyles for all Delawareans. It is part of the National Senior Games Association which holds a Senior Olympics every two years, with the next one in 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information on pickleball in Delaware or on the Senior Olympics, contact her at suebrooker@aol.com. Or visit delawareseniorolympics.org.