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WWE Hall-of-Famer Bret Hart prepares to battle prostrate cancer

WWE Hall-of-Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart took to Instagram to announce his battle with prostrate cancer.

The 58-year-old explained he’s paid a heavy price for his success in professional wrestling. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery in the “the next few days.”

Hart is revered by many in the combat sports community. He is remembered for his many championships in the WWE and WCW.

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It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. 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. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x

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“Most likely you have now heard my brother Bret has now also been diagnosed with prostate cancer,” said Hart’s brother Smith on his Facebook page.  “I certainly hope Bret is not experiencing the same day to day pain that I am day to day, which makes any dungeon training feel like a walk in the park. Now with 2 Hart brothers stricken with the same horrible disease, hopefully my brothers Bruce, Keith, Wayne and Ross will get themselves checked also. My prayers to you Bret, I love you.”

Born in Calgary, Alberta into the illustrious Hart Family anchored by the late Stu and Helen Hart, he was inducted into the WWE Hall-of-Fame in 2006.

He published his memoirs in 2008.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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