Kenny’s bat­tle with lym­phoma

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

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.

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