Revealing that both the Mystics team doctor as well as the doctor who treats her Lyme disease wrote up reports that showed she was a high-risk contender, Delle Donne said that she filed both reports to the league along with a signed form waiving her right to an appeal.
She then notes that after the WNBA began reviewing players’ cases to see who should be granted a health exemption from the bubble, the league’s panel of doctors informed her that they were denying her request for a health exemption.
The WNBA previously declined to comment to PEOPLE about a player's personal medical matter.
"I’m now left with two choices: I can either risk my life ….. or forfeit my paycheck," she wrote. "Honestly? That hurts."
"All I’m left with is how much this hurts. How much it hurts that the W — a place that’s been my one big dream in life for as long as I can remember, and that I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears to for seven going on eight seasons — has basically told me that I’m wrong about what’s happening in my own body," she added.
Delle Donne then closes her letter by explaining why she was even writing it in the first place.
Noting that she wrote it to take a more public role in the battle against Lyme disease and stand in solidarity with others who are facing similar work-life decisions, the athlete adds that she hopes her tale will allow people to listen and to be compassionate.
"There’s so much in the world that we don’t know," she writes, "Which means the best that we can do is to listen to each other, and to learn from each other — with as much humility as possible."
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