There is one thing you should know about me! I am football mad

“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017 and soon after I underwent a 10-hour surgery where they removed 30cm of my colon. I spent over three weeks in recovery. It was tough but I wasn’t scared. I also had testicular & kidney cancer aged 21 and something inside me said, ‘you are going to be fine, just take it one day at a time. You got cancer but cancer didn’t get you!’ Positive mindset was everything to me; and football. There is one thing you should know about me! I am football mad. I have been to almost all home games Ireland has played since I was 16. There was a day during my 12 sessions of chemo that I will never forget. It was a Sunday, the 11th of June 2018. Ireland was playing Austria. I was finishing up my chemo at home in front of the TV. It was one of my last sessions and it got harder and harder towards the end because chemo has this cumulative effect. If I hadn’t been so sick I would’ve been out in the Aviva cheering for Ireland. However, that day was different from the others and it made me very scared; I didn’t give a toss about football. I was zoned out and I couldn’t care less if Ireland was winning or losing. The chemo got so deep inside me that it was now taking my soul and that was a very scary feeling. That was the only time when I felt like giving up, you know? Anyway, I don’t like to talk about that day. I’ve survived it and my football mad soul returned. I could deal with many things but losing interest in football shouldn’t have been on the list. By the way, Ireland drew 1:1 against Austria. I watched the match again when I felt better.”

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