The Sharps are a tennis family, thankful that they still have two teens that still love to play because, If not for tennis, they may have lost a loved one.
Mia Sharp was the benefactor of serendipity. An accidental injury sent her to the hospital, where doctors found more than what they were looking for.
“I was walking past a girl while she was practicing her hitting, I didn’t see her, and she wacked me,” Sharp recalled.
Mia went to the hospital and the doctors decided to scan her brain.
“When I was in the ER and they told me I had a brain tumor, I denied it,” Mia said.
The scans caught a tumor that would have otherwise grown for years without being detected. Doctors told the family that the tumor could’ve taken away the teen’s vision, speech, and ability to move.
It wasn’t until four years later that it started to grow, during her junior year of high school. It was the only year that Mia’s cancer treatment forced her to hang up her racket.
“I felt like I was on my own for a while. I lost myself,” said Mia, who added that it was the love from her family, and the game of tennis, that got her through the tough times. “The support of my family, friends, and especially tennis, that helped me find myself.”
Now, she finds herself on the way to college at Texas State in San Marcos. And she won’t leave town without her racket.
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