Touching Story Of How Snowboard Olympic Legend Shaun White Switched Roles To Become His Physical Therapistand Supporter After Her Cancer Diagnoses
The Person Cared For Becomes the Caregiver
Here is the super touching story of snowboarding legend Shaun White’s Physical Therapist Dr. Esther Lee, who despite her diagnosis of advanced pancreatic cancer, accompanied him to the Winter Olympics to cheer him on, and provide the treatments she could.
Below are links to 1 article and 1 video, each of which tells a different part of this tender story. The narrative starts by highlighting the love and support that Dr. Lee has been giving to Shaun during his appearance at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and what has proven to be an emotion-filled final competition that will cap his storied career. But then we quickly learn of the real and more compelling Human story, that of the dedication Shaun has shown to Dr. Lee in her time of need.
Supporting marquee athletes is nothing new for Dr. Lee. She has been a personal physical therapist to some of the sporting world’s top stars. She has traveled the world, following her clients to international tournaments and being there around the clock to provide the properly needed care so they could compete, and more importantly, to protect their health.
Then not long ago, Dr. Lee was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Shaun’s relationship with Esther transformed from client to friend, and then to a dedicated supporter.
White’s Dedication to Dr. Lee
Esther shares the story of how Shaun stayed by her side and carried her luggage in Beijing as she sometimes needed wheelchair assistance to move between venues and events. She recounts his Shaun spent time with her to listen, laugh and cry as they both processed her situation. These are beautiful stories of the caregiver becoming the receiver of genuine care.
Dr. Lee’s supporters also include tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, who she served as their personal physical therapist, and traveled with them full-time for several years.