Nicole Gibbs has had the cancer in the roof of her mouth successfully removed, she announced on social media on Thursday.
"Margins were clear and I am currently cancer free!!" Gibbs wrote in a note posted to Twitter and Instagram, alongside a smiling picture.
SWIPE ➡️ for full update! *S/O to @jackdbrody for encouraging me to pose for this pic even though I wasn’t feeling it at the time. (it’s been 14 days since my last real meal, and I’m definitely looking forward to being able to eat again ????). He said that even though things aren’t perfect right now, I have to celebrate the victories along the way. And being cancer free is a REALLY big one! So thankful for all the support - we will get there one day at a time! #fight ❤️*
She added that the cancer was rediagnosed as sclerosing microcystic adenocarcinoma. "Fun Fact: there are only a handful of known cases of this cancer, and I'm the first documented case to to occur in the roof of the mouth," she wrote, tacking on an upside-down-happy-face emoji.
Gibbs also said that, because of complications, she still needs to use a feeding tube—"if I were to try to swallow water, some would leak out me nose - gross, I know."
This means she'll have to delay her comeback, which was initially set for Wimbledon qualifying.
"Back as soon as I can be," Gibbs signed off, to an outpouring of supportive comments.
Great news and thanks for the update! Praying for your speedy recovery!????♥️— Chanda Rubin (@Chanda_Rubin) May 30, 2019
Nicole, you are a fighter and a champion...in life. Thanks for sharing and take your time the tour is not going any where????????❤️ Continued ????????????????????????— Katrina Adams ???? (@katadams68) May 30, 2019
You’re the bestest. We’re all with you ♥️— carolzhao (@CarolZhao95) May 30, 2019
She underwent the surgery on May 17.