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Olympian, cancer survivor Jillion Potter will have to fight disease again
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Olympian, cancer survivor Jillion Potter will have to fight disease again

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The captain of the 2016 U.S. rugby sevens team beat Stage III synovial sarcoma to make it to Rio last summer.
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Jillion Potter was one of Team USA's most remarkable stories at last year's Rio Olympics after coming back from a broken neck and Stage III cancer to captain the U.S. women's rugby sevens team.

Now the 30-year-old has another fight on her hands. Potter has once again been diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, the disease she beat after being diagnosed in 2014, USA Rugby announced.

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Potter was initially diagnosed following the 2014 World Cup after playing the tournament with unusual swelling in her jaw. Doctors found and removed a malignant tumor, and Potter underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, all the while pointing toward a comeback in time for Rio.


She made it, leading the American women into the first-ever Olympic competition for rugby sevens, but now will turn her attention back to her health.

"In rugby, a common theme that happens in the game is just getting tackled, getting knocked down again and again, and just having to get back up and get back into the game or get back into life," Potter told Omnisport ahead of the Rio Games. "Things are always going to knock you down, and just being able to get up from that and staying present and focusing on what you can control will really help you get over those challenges."

Supporters can donate to cover the cost of Potter's fight via a YouCaring page.

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