Guerrier admires mother's strength
Reliever, mom grew closer during bout with breast cancer
MINNEAPOLIS -- In everyone's life, there are moments that can be recalled without any effort at all. For Matt Guerrier, there are two days where the memories seem as fresh as when they first happened.There is the one in which he got the phone call from his mom, Janet, saying that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. And then there was the call five years later, saying that she had been fully cleared into remission. Both were equally emotional for the Twins' right-handed reliever. But it was the journey between those two calls that helped to strengthen a bond between mother and son.
And that's when they called Matt to deliver the news to him."He seemed more upset than we were, but I think that was because he was not with us," Janet said. "But I told him, 'I walk every day and I'm healthy and there shouldn't be any reason why I can't deal with this.'" Two forms of cancer were found in her right breast, but the doctors believed they had caught it early and that it was small. So just a few weeks after her diagnosis, Janet was scheduled to undergo a full mastectomy of the right breast.
|"She's pretty amazing to me. You never really know what you can go through until you have something like that. She was so strong. You wouldn't even know she was sick. But it's been like everything I've seen her get through. She's had surgeries and other stuff going on and she's out that next morning, walking and doing her job. I don't know if I could do it."|
|-- Matt Guerrier|
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.