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“The journey of Motherhood” Serena Williams shared near-death labor experience

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“The journey of Motherhood” Serena Williams shared near-death labor experience

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According to Williams, who shares 4-year-old daughter Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, her pregnancy was largely uneventful. Though she won the Australian Open early on in her pregnancy, she otherwise enjoyed being able to take some time off from her rigorous schedule, and basked in the positive media attention her pregnancy brought about.

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“I guess I’m one of those women who likes being pregnant; I enjoyed the positive attention. I’m used to getting negative attention from the press and critics, but this was different. I settled into a whole new way of being. I was relaxed not playing: My life was just sitting at home, and it was wonderful,” she wrote.

She even enjoyed the labor cramps, something many moms describe as being one of the hardest parts of delivery.

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“It was great! I know that’s not what people are supposed to say, but I was enjoying it, the work of labor. I was completely in the moment. I loved the cramps. I loved feeling my body trying to push the baby out,” Williams, 40, shared.

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But she began to feel more intense contractions the morning after being induced. Though Williams wanted to deliver her first child vaginally, the baby’s fluctuating heart rate prompted her doctor to order a C-section. Olympia was born on Sept. 1, 2017.

“The doctor walked in, looked at me, and said, ‘We’re giving you a C-section,'” she wrote. “She made it clear that there wasn’t time for an epidural or more pushing. I loved her confidence; had she given me the choice between more pushing or surgery, I would have been ruined.”

After surgery, Williams asked a nurse when she would start her heparin drip, a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots. The tennis star is at high risk for blood clots and has previously had life-threatening clots in her lungs. The nurse told Williams she wasn’t sure if that was needed, but Williams knew her body and continued to insist upon the drip as she lay in immense pain.

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“No one was really listening to what I was saying … I felt it was important and kept pressing. All the while, I was in excruciating pain. I couldn’t move at all — not my legs, not my back, nothing,” she said.

Then she began to cough, experiencing “racking, full-body ordeals” that sent “sharp pains” to her C-section wound each time she coughed. Williams knew that coughing could compromise her stitches, but she could not stop, feeling like she couldn’t get enough air. Eventually, her stitches burst, resulting in another surgery. This, unfortunately, would be the beginning of a series of post-delivery complications for the athlete.

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“Little did I realize that this would be the first of many surgeries. I wasn’t coughing for nothing; I was coughing because I had an embolism, a clot in one of my arteries,” she shared in her essay. “The doctors would also discover a hematoma, a collection of blood outside the blood vessels, in my abdomen, then even more clots that had to be kept from traveling to my lungs.”

Following her second surgery, Williams felt like she might actually die.

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“When I woke up from that surgery, in the hospital room with my parents and my in-laws, I felt like I was dying. They were trying to talk to me, and all I could think was, ‘I’m dying, I’m dying. Oh my God.’ I really thought I would faint,” she said.

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Despite her current state, Williams still mustered up the strength to advocate for herself yet again.

“I spoke to the nurse. I told her: ‘I need to have a CAT scan of my lungs bilaterally, and then I need to be on my heparin drip,'” she said.

The nurse dismissed her concerns as “crazy” talk, but Williams refused to let it go, a decision that likely saved her life.

“Finally, the nurse called my doctor, and she listened to me and insisted we check. I fought hard, and I ended up getting the CAT scan. I’m so grateful to her. Lo and behold, I had a blot clot in my lungs, and they needed to insert a filter into my veins to break up the clot before it reached my heart,” said Williams.

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While she ultimately did get her CAT scan and the clot was stopped before it could reach her heart, Williams knows she should not have had to fight to have her concerns addressed. Her experience has also been held up as an example that even some biggest names in the world can’t escape the harrowing realities of implicit biases in the medical field.

Black women are almost three times more likely to die after childbirth than white women, and many of these deaths are believed to be preventable.

“I know those statistics would be different if the medical establishment listened to every Black woman’s experience,” wrote Williams.

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Chase Elliott and Team Announced First Big Change Ahead of 2024 Season

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Revamping the Road to Victory: Chase Elliott’s Strategic Moves for the 2024 NASCAR Season

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Chase Elliott, a prominent figure in the NASCAR Cup Series, faced a challenging 2023 season marked by setbacks and unexpected turns. As the dust settles on the tumultuous year, Elliott and his team are gearing up for a triumphant return in 2024. In a surprising turn of events, a pivotal change has already taken place, setting the stage for what could be a transformative year for the No. 9 team.

The Departure of Eddie D’Hondt: End of an Era
Eddie D’Hondt, the seasoned spotter who had been an integral part of Elliott’s journey since his full-time Cup Series debut in 2016, bid farewell to the No. 9 team on December 2. D’Hondt’s departure follows a remarkable 12-year collaboration that witnessed 26 wins and the 2020 championship. The announcement, made via social media, resonated across the NASCAR community, marking the end of an era for the long-standing partnership.

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A Look Back at Elliott and D’Hondt’s Journey
When Chase Elliott stepped into the No. 24 car in 2016, he inherited not only Jeff Gordon’s championship legacy but also a seasoned team, including crew chief Alan Gustafson and spotter Eddie D’Hondt. Over eight seasons with the No. 24 and later the No. 9 team, the crew accumulated an impressive record – 18 wins, 93 top-5 finishes, 152 top-10 finishes, and the coveted 2020 championship.

D’Hondt, a constant presence in Elliott’s ear during each lap, played a crucial role in guiding the driver through challenges, offering support during lows and providing a voice of reason in intense on-track moments.

Eddie D’Hondt’s Exit: What Lies Ahead?
What sets D’Hondt’s departure apart is his anticipation for the future. Unlike retirement, his farewell message expressed excitement for what comes next. This hints at a potential continuation of his career in NASCAR, albeit not with Hendrick Motorsports (HMS). While some fans see this as a positive move for the No. 9 team, others are vocal about an even more significant change – the replacement of crew chief Alan Gustafson.

Alan Gustafson’s Role in the 2023 Season
The 2023 season was undeniably challenging for Alan Gustafson, with Elliott missing multiple races due to a snowboarding injury and a suspension. Despite these hurdles, Gustafson faced criticism for strategic missteps, including a notable error at the Watkins Glen race, where Elliott ran out of fuel in the final stage due to a pit box miscalculation.

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Throughout the season, instances arose where Elliott and Gustafson appeared to be out of sync. A notable incident at the New Hampshire race highlighted the driver’s frustration with the car’s performance, as captured in the Radioactive segment of NASCAR Race Hub.

Looking Ahead to 2024: Winds of Change?
As the awards season concludes, attention turns to the upcoming changes for the 2024 season. With one confirmed alteration in the No. 9 team, speculation arises about potential additional shifts. The departure of D’Hondt marks the beginning of a new chapter for Elliott and his team, raising questions about the team’s strategic direction for the upcoming season.

In conclusion, Chase Elliott’s journey through the 2023 season, marked by challenges and unexpected turns, sets the stage for a compelling narrative in 2024. The departure of longtime collaborator Eddie D’Hondt signals change, leaving fans eager to see the strategic decisions that will shape the team’s path to victory in the upcoming NASCAR season.

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Reviving Nostalgia: Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Journey Through Time Behind the Wheel

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Unearthing Racing Glory: Dale Jr’s Discovery in Kenny Allison’s Garage

In the fast-paced world of NASCAR, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. wears many hats as a team owner, series owner, and mentor, the beating heart of this racing legend still yearns for the days when he ruled the track. Recently, on Twitter, Dale Jr. took a trip down memory lane, sharing a nostalgic moment that resonated with fans and racing enthusiasts alike.

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A Glimpse Into the Past: Dale Jr’s Racing Roots

At the tender age of 17, Dale Earnhardt Jr. embarked on his racing journey behind the wheel of a legendary car – a 1937 Ford lookalike paying homage to his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt. Cloaked in white with a bold red or black number eight, this early racer, sponsored modestly by Boulevard Gulf, was the brainchild of Hank Jones. Jones, an ally of Dale Sr. and the visionary behind Sports Image, played a crucial role in shaping the early chapters of Dale Jr.’s racing saga.

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Fast forward to the present, and Dale Jr. found himself immersed in nostalgia within Kenny Allison’s (Donnie’s son) garage. Hidden away like a treasure was his original Legends car, the very vehicle that propelled him to victory in 1990. Taking to Twitter, Dale Jr. shared, “I just left a storage shed that was an old gas station. It’s owned by Kenny Allison, Donnie’s son. Inside is my original Legends car that I drove and won within 1990. 🤯After I was done with it back then, Dad sold it to John Ray in Alabama for his son Kevin to race.”

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Dale Jr.’s Sentimental Reunion

Adding a personal touch, Dale Jr. reflected on the unique features of the car, stating, “I’m 100% sure it’s the car because I welded a gusset on the LR shock mount that is still there today. I can’t believe this thing still exists.” This unexpected reunion with his racing companion sparked a series of tweets, with Dale Jr. expressing his disbelief, “I ain’t seen this car in 33 years.”

 

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The trip down memory lane also brought to light Dale Jr.’s win in 1992, a moment that earned him a $300 prize. Dale Earnhardt Sr., watching proudly from the pits, couldn’t help but compare his son’s prowess to that of Ralph Earnhardt, stating, “He was awesome.” Yet, Dale Sr. emphasized the importance of balancing racing aspirations with educational commitments, setting the stage for Dale Jr.’s future decisions.

From Legends to Late-Models: Dale Jr.’s Evolution as a Racer

By 1993, Dale Jr. had graduated to late-model racing, marking a significant milestone in his career. On his 40th birthday, Charlotte Motor Speedway paid tribute to this racing icon by honoring him with a legendary car, mirroring his first. Despite accumulating 26 Cup wins, Dale Jr.’s earliest taste of triumph came in the legends’ realm, shaping the foundation of his illustrious career.

As the week unfolded, it seemed to be a treasure trove of Dale Jr.’s yesteryears. An old racing video, another piece of his racing tale, unexpectedly surfaced online, further immortalizing the legacy of this NASCAR icon. The journey through time behind the wheel continues, and fans eagerly anticipate what other gems may resurface from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s storied racing past.

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Trade Secrets: Why now is the time to trade for Ja Morant

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Ja Morant is a former Rookie of the Year, a Most Improved Player and a two-time All-Star. When at his best, he’s proven to be one of the top players in the NBA, a potential MVP candidate and a rising star who can carry not only the Memphis Grizzlies but also fantasy teams.

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And right now, as he serves his 25-game suspension due to multiple gun-related incidents, he’s a bit of an afterthought.

He is eligible to return as soon as the road game against New Orleans on Dec. 19, which is less than four weeks out, and that’s worth paying close attention to in your fantasy league.

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Why, you might ask?

Because there may never be a better time to add him to your roster than now.

Fantasy managers with Morant could be eager to deal
The face of the franchise since he was drafted No. 2 overall in 2019 — one pick after Zion Williamson — Morant has averaged 22.4 points per game in his career, the highest of any player in Grizzlies history.

Even with fantasy managers knowing Morant’s tremendous on-court abilities, the star point guard still fell in virtually all fantasy drafts this season. He wasn’t drafted until after pick No. 60 in most leagues and fell even further, past pick 70 or 80, in plenty of other leagues.

It’s easy to understand the hesitation from many fantasy managers.

Taking a player like Morant, knowing he’d miss essentially a third of the fantasy basketball calendar, was one thing. As a suspended player, though, Morant also couldn’t be stashed in an IR slot, so drafting him meant essentially giving up a bench spot until late December — a non-starter for many fantasy managers.

Fast-forward to today and many of those who did draft Morant find themselves low in their league standings, trying to figure out a way to turn around their fortunes.

They’ve been patient, and in many cases, they’ve yet to be rewarded. That’s a nice way of saying that the season is rapidly getting away.

Now ask yourself what those fantasy managers might do when they see that trade offer for Morant hit their inbox? Even though they’ve already waited out half of his suspension, certainly the temptation will be there to move on before they’re too far back in the standings.

Yes, there is risk
It’s important to remember that even if you want Morant on your team, there’s no guarantee it works out. In fact, there are several pretty major risks.

First of all, he may be rusty and need some time to acclimate; after all, he hasn’t played in a game since April 28, 2023. Fantasy managers must be comfortable with fluctuating statistical production, at least in the first few weeks he returns to the court, and possibly longer.

Secondly, Morant’s overall availability is a legitimate concern when you consider his injury history. So far, he hasn’t played 70 regular season games in any of his first four NBA seasons.

Lastly, Memphis’ record could also adversely affect Morant’s fantasy value in the second half of the season if the team is not in playoff contention. Since the league expanded its playoffs to 16 teams back in 1984, 65 teams have started the season with an 0-5 record, like the Grizzlies, and only 10 of them reached the playoffs. If the Grizzlies fall deep out of playoff contention, there’s a chance he could miss games or be shut down as the team turns its attention to next season.

Waiting will only raise Morant’s trade value
If you’re willing to take on the risk that comes with trading for Morant, doing so sooner rather than later is the way to go.

The reason is simple.

Every week that passes and Morant is closer to getting back on the court, fantasy managers will become more apt to hold on to him and see what his return does for their team.

If you’re looking to get a deal done here, offering two intriguing mid-tier players who are currently playing well in exchange for Morant — and another month of waiting things out — is the way to go and could be too much to pass up for Morant managers.

The key with all this, again, is to move fast.

Other factors to consider
Without their star, the Grizzlies are unrecognizable, and their 3-10 record puts them near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Barring a drastic turnaround, things will be even worse by the time Morant steps on the court.

What’s clear is that there’s a massive difference between last season and this one, and not just due to the absence of Morant. Tyus Jones and Dillon Brooks leaving meant some of the Grizzlies’ young talent would have an opportunity to step up, and so far that hasn’t been the case. With Jones gone, Memphis’ backcourt lacks consistency and reliability, and Brooks’ loss has negatively affected the team’s defense.

While Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. remain on the Grizzlies’ roster, Marcus Smart was a solid offseason addition but is already sidelined with a foot sprain that is expected to keep him out another 2-4 weeks. The Grizzlies rank 27th in points scored per 100 possessions and have an effective field goal percentage of 50.7%, third lowest in the league.

All this highlights the integral role Morant has in this Grizzlies’ offense, which ranked 11th in points scored per 100 possessions last season. It’s clear they are lost without him, and the injuries to Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke don’t help, either.

Morant’s return can’t come soon enough for Memphis, and he should get off to a fast start. In training camp, he didn’t work with the starters since the Grizzlies needed to prepare them to start the season without him. However, he’s been practicing and traveling with the team during the regular season.

Final thoughts

Morant averaged 26.2 PPG, 8.1 APG, 5.9 RPG and 1.1 SPG in 32.0 MPG last season, playing 61 games, and right now he can be had for a discount in many fantasy leagues. We have him projected to average 26.3 PPG, 7.9 APG, 5.7 RPG and 1.1 SPG this season across 50 games.

He is the epitome of a risk-reward player, and though better suited for points leagues than category formats, he has the potential to provide second round value.

Is that a risk you should take? Really, it comes down to your risk tolerance and the situation your team is in.

Just know this — playing it safe won’t help you win a fantasy basketball championship, and if you want Morant now is the time to get him.

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