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Angus MacDonald of Hull City (Merged)


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52 minutes ago, Offside said:

According to the BBC sport website he’s already had more than his fair share of health problems. 

Fingers crossed he recovers from this. 

Best of luck, Angus. 

I skipped past this thread as didn't recognise the name. Looked on BBC Sport and this story popped up. What hes gone through already is ridiculous let alone now to have this. Wish him all the best.

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20 hours ago, BobBobSuperBob said:

If there’s any good in that awful news,  is that it’s bowel , which if identified early ,is one that he can certainly overcome

Stay Strong Angus 

Young or old cancer has no preferences.

I had a rectal cancerous tumor removed about 8 weeks ago now......left me with a 20% chance of possible spread to lymph nodes.

  1. Surgeons suggested a section of bowel removal to reduce that 20% chance, (it in itself is not without risk including a chance of a perm external "bag" or even constant bleeds etc.) or even non survival
  2. Watch and observe with 3-4mth MRI scans and internal camera etc, then blast anything that shows up.

I went for option 2, keep working and living one day at a time, whether that was the wise choice or not I will find out end of Oct when first scan is due.

But yes you are right earlier the better, any problems down there, bleeding etc, get it looked at straight away.

Stay strong Angus, best of luck.

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4 minutes ago, glos old boy said:

Young or old cancer has no preferences.

I had a rectal cancerous tumor removed about 8 weeks ago now......left me with a 20% chance of possible spread to lymph nodes.

  1. Surgeons suggested a section of bowel removal to reduce that 20% chance, (it in itself is not without risk including a chance of a perm external "bag" or even constant bleeds etc.) or even non survival
  2. Watch and observe with 3-4mth MRI scans and internal camera etc, then blast anything that shows up.

I went for option 2, keep working and living one day at a time, whether that was the wise choice or not I will find out end of Oct when first scan is due.

But yes you are right earlier the better, any problems down there, bleeding etc, get it looked at straight away.

Stay strong Angus, best of luck.

All the best to you mate and to Angus #fuckcancer 

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2 hours ago, glos old boy said:

Young or old cancer has no preferences.

I had a rectal cancerous tumor removed about 8 weeks ago now......left me with a 20% chance of possible spread to lymph nodes.

  1. Surgeons suggested a section of bowel removal to reduce that 20% chance, (it in itself is not without risk including a chance of a perm external "bag" or even constant bleeds etc.) or even non survival
  2. Watch and observe with 3-4mth MRI scans and internal camera etc, then blast anything that shows up.

I went for option 2, keep working and living one day at a time, whether that was the wise choice or not I will find out end of Oct when first scan is due.

But yes you are right earlier the better, any problems down there, bleeding etc, get it looked at straight away.

Stay strong Angus, best of luck.

Fight the ********* Glos OB

Thoughts with you 

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Some good news. . . . 

Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been given the all-clear after being treated for the early stages of bowel cancer.

The 27-year-old was diagnosed with the condition in August and has now completed successful treatment.

"It's been a long couple of months but it's a great time for me now," MacDonald said.

"There were some dark stages but my friends, family, partner and everyone at the club helped me through it."

He added: "I'm going to enjoy Christmas and then hopefully get back to working with the physios in the New Year.

"It'll be nice to get back to doing what I love, you miss being around your team-mates."

The club said in a statement that "Angus has shown tremendous courage and strength of character during the most challenging of periods".

The Tigers added they were "looking forward to seeing Angus back in and around the club".

MacDonald missed almost all of last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in November 2018.

The centre-half, who started his career with Reading and joined Hull from Barnsley in January 2018, previously suffered from a blood clot on the lung at the age of 15, but made a full recovery.

 

Taken from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50856955

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5 minutes ago, phantom said:

Some good news. . . . 

Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been given the all-clear after being treated for the early stages of bowel cancer.

The 27-year-old was diagnosed with the condition in August and has now completed successful treatment.

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MacDonald missed almost all of last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in November 2018.

The centre-half, who started his career with Reading and joined Hull from Barnsley in January 2018, previously suffered from a blood clot on the lung at the age of 15, but made a full recovery.

 

Taken from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50856955

Jeez - he's had some rotten luck, hasn't he?

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On 05/09/2019 at 17:40, glos old boy said:

Young or old cancer has no preferences.

I had a rectal cancerous tumor removed about 8 weeks ago now......left me with a 20% chance of possible spread to lymph nodes.

  1. Surgeons suggested a section of bowel removal to reduce that 20% chance, (it in itself is not without risk including a chance of a perm external "bag" or even constant bleeds etc.) or even non survival
  2. Watch and observe with 3-4mth MRI scans and internal camera etc, then blast anything that shows up.

I went for option 2, keep working and living one day at a time, whether that was the wise choice or not I will find out end of Oct when first scan is due.

But yes you are right earlier the better, any problems down there, bleeding etc, get it looked at straight away.

Stay strong Angus, best of luck.

Good luck with that  Glos Old boy . I am sure we’re all rooting for you .

 

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Hull City: Angus MacDonald on his cancer, recovery & return to football

"I switched off completely. My whole body went numb. I don't remember anything after the word 'cancer'."

In August 2019, Hull City defender Angus MacDonald was preparing to resume his career after recovering from a dislocated shoulder and deep vein thrombosis just months apart.

But he was about to face a very different "nightmare".

The centre-back had not long been back in training and was "not far off being involved with the team", but his progress was being hampered by an inflamed bowel.

Within a few days of testing, the phone rang and everything changed.

'I don't remember how I drove home'

"I had been dealing with colitis and the specialists were investigating because my fitness levels wouldn't improve until the inflammation calmed down," the 27-year-old told BBC Sport.

A scan showed abnormal cell growth, and a biopsy was taken from his large bowel.

"I got the call three or four days after, and the doctor said he needed to see me urgently," he said.

"I knew something was not right."

MacDonald was diagnosed with bowel cancer on Friday, 23 August.

"It was a real shock," he said.

"I was 26 and coming to the peak of my career. You never expect it to happen to you, especially being so young and otherwise fit and healthy.

"I don't remember how I drove the car back home. It was like a daydream, and not a very nice one - more of a nightmare."

He had been planning a birthday surprise for his partner, The X Factor winner and musical theatre star Alexandra Burke, that evening. Sticking to his original plan, he initially decided to keep his diagnosis private.

"Alex was touring in Plymouth so I packed a bag, picked up the dog and jumped in the car," he said.

"She called me on the journey to say she hadn't heard from me much, and I just said I was fine because I didn't want to ruin her weekend.

"The first person I told was one of my best friends. It was a very emotional phone call - I don't think I've ever cried to my friends before. I couldn't get my words out.

"I had the weekend with Alex and she knew something wasn't right. On the Saturday night, I broke down and told her the news.

"I would rather have just dealt with it alone and I didn't want to upset anyone but she was reassuring. I don't know what I would have done without her support."

'I used to ask myself, why me?'

MacDonald underwent a seven-and-a-half-hour surgery to remove his entire large bowel, where the cancer had been detected, and to have a colostomy bag fitted.

He then had to wait several weeks before doctors could give the go-ahead for a second operation.

"It was just a waiting game, but there weren't too many down days because I filled my time by seeing family and friends," added the Winchester-born defender.

"I didn't want to be anywhere near football so I moved back south to stay with my family.

"It brought everyone closer together and it was something I hadn't had for so many years because of football, which can make you distant from your loved ones."

The second operation to implement a new bowel was approved on MacDonald's 27th birthday in October, but the "best present" came just days before Christmas.

"To be healthy and get the all-clear after the second operation made my year," he said.

"I didn't need to do anything for Christmas, and I didn't need a party or any gifts.

"There were times when I had my doubts and I wasn't sure if I was going to live.

"I used to ask myself, why me? First the shoulder, then the DVT and then the cancer - what next?

"I just took the dog out for a walk and thought about what I had overcome."

'I felt like a complete amateur... but I didn't care'

The defender returned to training in January, but the former Reading academy graduate was initially off the pace.

"I felt like a complete amateur," he said.

"I didn't know how to run, my legs were like jelly and when I got back to ball work it was like I'd never seen a football before.

"But it was one of the best feelings and I didn't mind if I tripped up or a ball bobbled over my foot. I had been through so much that I had such a buzz about it."

It had been 556 days since he last pulled on the Tigers' shirt when MacDonald ran out to play 60 minutes for the under-23s against Birmingham City on 6 March.

"I would always have pasta and salmon the night before a game, and I stuck to that, but I didn't know what to do with myself," he said.

"Where do I put my wash bag? Where are my shin pads?

"The time went so quickly. One minute I was in the changing room and the next I was out there playing. I could have played 90 minutes but I felt it in the legs over the next few days."

While domestic football is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, MacDonald could make his return to the first team if the season resumes later in the year, with Hull just two points above the Championship relegation zone.

Could he be one of the few English footballers benefiting from the current break?

"Probably," he replied.

"I'm relishing that I've got some time to get my fitness back and maybe even get ahead of some people.

"I have been in a few dogfights myself so I can definitely use those experiences to help the team stay up."

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