Kenny’s battle with lymphoma
ON the football field, the great Brett Kenny always found a way to win.
At 56, the Parramatta Eels rugby league star, left, is facing his greatest battle of all, having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and a cancerous 11cm tumour inside a cavity in his stomach in July.
“I’m on the strongest medication and I’m going okay, but initially, there were nights I laid in bed crying,” Kenny said.
“I’d be thinking ‘what’s going to happen? How long am I going to live?
“It scared the s--- out of me and I got upset about it all.”
Kenny’s wife, Suzanne, booked an appointment to investigate the wheezing she heard, every time Kenny travelled a flight of stairs.
“My wife rung the doctors and I went for a scan and had to wait a week for the results.
“The scans showed I had an 11cm tumour — but it’s in my stomach cavity. I went to a specialist who explained it was non-Hodgkins’s lymphoma.
“The success rate is very high. In another couple of weeks I’ve got to go and have another scan to see whether it (tumour) has started to shrink.
“I’ll then go into remission and as the specialist said; “Hopefully it will be at least 10 years before you even have to worry about it again.