THOMPSON ON CANCER "I CAME BACK FROM TWO GOALS DOWN"

THOMPSON ON CANCER "I CAME BACK FROM TWO GOALS DOWN"

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson revealed he has beaten cancer for a second time - sparking congratulations from across the football world.

 

Joe, a former Manchester United youth player, beat nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 after six months of chemotherapy. Thompson now tweeted: "Let me just confirm! #TWICE means I'm in complete remission!! Simple terms I'm cancer free. Extra Time & Penalties but THOMPSON 2 Cancer 0."

 

His second diagnosis prompted him to launch a fresh fight with the support of his wife Chantelle and daughter Thailula-Lily, his home-town club, manager Keith Hill and his team-mates. He said at the time: "I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, courage and desire as my previous battle." He said in a statement at the time: "I came back from a goal down before, not only to equalise, but to take the lead."

 

He focused on getting his body and condition back to the level required of a professional footballer before making a remarkable, emotional return two days before Christmas Day.  Reflecting on his arrival as a 72nd-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw with Walsall, the Dale midfielder told SunSport: “I remember the Tannoy guy saying ‘No 15, Joe Thompson, welcome back’.

 

“It felt like I was the gladiator walking back into the arena after being seriously injured in a war. I didn’t know whether to smile or cry. I remember looking at my team-mates all clapping with a real verve. I just thought, ‘Enjoy the moment, because it’s not a guarantee’. It will come to an end one day but as a footballer, you never want it to."

 

Source: www.thepfa.com, www.thesun.co.uk

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