This past Monday, the wrestling world was shocked by the news that pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart is fighting prostate cancer. He revealed his diagnosis in an emotional Facebook post, saying:
I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I’ve got much of it around me all the time, for which I’m truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying.
The wrestling world proved him right, and sent a massive outpouring of love and well-wishes via Twitter using the hashtag #GetWellHitman:
Chris Jericho sent this touching message via his Instagram:
Since I was a teenager @brethitmanhart has been a hero and an inspiration to me. And today he continues to inspire me, by going public with his battle with cancer. Join me in standing by him and fighting with him until he beats this disease!! #HitmanForever
Bret’s niece and current WWE Diva Natalya is obviously much closer to the situation than most, and chose to express how proud she is of her uncle for coming forward and inspiring others in their own fights:
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I'm so proud of @brethitmanhart for coming forward about his battle with cancer and using his voice to help others. I know it's taken a lot of courage for Bret to share this, but now his voice is a powerful tool that can help inspire the masses. If anyone can beat this, it's Bret. #bestthereisbesttherewasbestthereeverwillbe ❤️
We here at With Spandex join everyone in their well wishes for Bret Hart in the battle he has ahead of him.