Diagnosed in April 2015 with a lung cancer, I stayed away from competition to take care of myself. I was able to enjoy some time with my family. What a change when you have been traveling so much the last 15 years. I went from a nomadic way of life to a stable life in a second. I have to say that it was not easy at the beginning. Both lives have advantages and downsides. I have to admit that at the beginning it was tough not to travel around the world. It is not a problem anymore. I am happy to be able to travel wherever I want and not for professional obligations. So happy to enjoy time with my family and enjoy life.
I love to play golf with my friends for fun. I don’t take it too seriously, I laugh about my golf, which would never happen before. I took a step back, and see life so differently. It took me time to put things in perspective. I realized when I went to play the “Lalla Meryem cup” in Rabat this year. When I took the decision that I would play, the old Cassandra came back very quick. It was disturbing as I realized my desease had not changed me which I thought it did. Despite my situation, i wanted to perform. I will not hide that I thought ” It would be incredible if I won”. I have always been a real competitor and a perfectionist. I always focused on small details, but most of all I did not allow myself many things.
At the beginning I practiced occasionally in order not to loose too much of my golf. Now, it is not my priority. I just want to have fun, which is rare in professional golfers and athletes in general. We like to push the limits and hurt ourselves. We think that it is the only way to success. Golf is a sport/game that is so difficult. You need to find a certain balance in all domain. There is so much time to think between shots that if there is something going wrong in our lives, it can make you play badly. We often forget that you need to be happy and take pleasure in what you do.
Since, I have had up and downs. I tried different treatments, that worked more or less. I am now in chemotherapy until beginning of October. I have excellent doctors at Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris, and cannot thank them enough for their professionalism.
I am always looking for new projects. It helps me to go forward. I always worked hard and need to be active. I will give me some time to get back on tour. I know it is not be easy. First of all I need to be cured.
I would like to be an example, share my experience with people touched by cancer, in order to help them have a better life and fight to live.
For the moment, my objective is to help cancer research to advance more rapidly, by raising money. I think that one day, we will find the treatment that cures every cancer. That is why I had the idea of commercializing a shirt with a strong message ( F… Cancer), a message that helps me fight every day. 25% of each shirt will be donated to cancer associations that focus mostly on research.
During the Evian Championship, I am proud to donate to “Cancer du sein, parlons-en”. I did a special edition for that tournament, only for woman. However, you will see some men wearing the men’s version that will be only available thru my website www.cassandrakirkland.com after the tournament and other cool products for women.
I want to thank everyone, with all my heart, that will support this project, and will help us go forward in order to finally make it easy to cure everyone touched by Cancer.