Jessica Pegula has written a poignant article about her struggle after her mom had a cardiac arrest last year. Though her mom is recovering, it’s not clear if her health will ever get back to normal.
Despite spending weeks in the hospital and watching her mom slowly get back on her feet, Pegual continued to shine on the court reaching her career-high ranking of world number 2 in 2022 and reaching the doubles finals at the French Open.
In the article, Pegula talks about Buffalo Bills NFL player Damar Hamlin having a cardiac arrest on the field. The Pegula family owns the Buffalo Bills team and the Damar Hamlin incident made her relive her mom’s struggles.
Jessica Pegula writes that she gets her strength and calmness from her mom, saying
As people have gotten to know me more on the court, and through interviews, they always tell me how calm, cool, and collected I am (for most part haha). I definitely get that from my mom (sorry, Dad). I like to think that our similarities helped prime me to deal with the obstacles of the past year. I have been writing this throughout the Australian Open as a sort of therapy whenever I feel some anxiety or just the need to vent. I didn’t know what my result would be but before I left, my mom told me to “take it seriously,
You can read the full article here. It’s absolutely worth your time.