Pat Summit, women's basketball coach and arguably one of the best college basketball coaches ever in college basketball- male or female, is in the fight of her life. She has been diagnosed with early stages of dementia.
From ESPN: Pat Summitt plans to coach the Tennessee women's basketball team "as long as the good Lord is willing," despite recently being diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
"There's not going to be any pity party and I'll make sure of that," she told the Knoxville News Sentinel Monday evening. The News Sentinel and Washington Post first reported Summitt's condition.
In a statement from Summitt released by the university Tuesday, the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season and was diagnosed with the condition during the summer.
"I plan to continue to be your coach," Summitt said. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days."
The 59-year-old Summitt told the newspaper she had been feeling erratic earlier this year, and plans to rely on medication and mental exercises to manage the progressive condition that could lead to Alzheimer's, which her grandmother had.
My dad just passed away after having Alzheimer's for many years. The best thing Summit could do is continuing coaching, either as head, assistant or volunteer coach. Medication will also help along with the support of your family and friends.
Good luck to Pat Summit.
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