I will be back, says Chong Wei

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: After hav­ing bat­tled his way to the top of world badminton, for­mer world num­ber one Datuk Lee Chong Wei has had to face the tough­est battle of his life when he was di­ag­nosed with nose cancer in Au­gust.

“When I found out I had cancer, I cried for a week. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t know what to do when I was di­ag­nosed,” he said yes­ter­day in a tell-all press con­fer­ence at the Badminton Academy of Malaysia.

This was the first time he was ad­dress­ing the me­dia since news of his ill­ness broke in Au­gust.

He re­vealed that he did not feel right after his semi-fi­nal exit at the In­done­sian Open in Jakarta in July.

“I went to get checked and found out that I had this cancer, I was down when I saw the doc­tor, but he told me that it was de­tected early ... God chose me (to go through this).”

Al­ways the fighter, Chong Wei said he had to pick him­self back up to com­bat the dis­ease.

“You have to be strong and happy and keep on go­ing.”

Chong Wei also spoke about the har­row­ing pro­ton treat­ment he went through in Tai­wan to com­bat the cancer.

“This was hell. My throat hurt so much I could not even eat for a week, ev­ery time I tried to swal­low food, I started cry­ing be­cause it was too painful. I had to eat to get en­ergy for the treat­ment so I just had to bear the pain. Some­times I drank only milk for nour­ish­ment.”

After re­ceiv­ing 33 rounds of the treat­ment, Chong Wei, said he is of­fi­cially cancer free and is not in­tend­ing on hang­ing up his racket just yet.

“I love badminton. I just try my very best and I’ll come back soon,” he an­nounced in a cheer­ful and high-spir­ited mood.

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