JAR­ROD LYLE'S MYS­TERY ILL­NESS

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This mag­a­zine has re­ported in some de­tail over the last few years as Jar­rod Lyle con­tin­ues to bat­tle health is­sues af­ter en­dur­ing his third bone mar­row trans­plant last De­cem­ber. At that time prog­no­sis was very pos­i­tive and that Jar­rod faced re­mis­sion and an ex­cit­ing fu­ture.

How­ever, the Vic­to­rian PGA pro­fes­sional an­nounced last month that he had been hos­pi­talised in the past few weeks be­cause of un­ex­plained loss of vi­sion. His wife Bri­ony first put his down­turn into the pub­lic sphere.

Lyle's wife Bri­ony has now posted an­other up­date fol­low­ing an en­try on his web­site this month that de­scribed his bat­tle as "the long­est and hard­est one so far"

"His con­di­tion is a com­plete mys­tery, so it's just a wait­ing game while they run sev­eral tests, com­pare re­sults and get spe­cial­ist in­put," Bri­ony wrote on Face­book. "His mood is the low­est it's been in a very long time, which is prob­a­bly the hard­est part. "There are no smil­ing pho­tos to share right now. He is ter­ri­fied, as am I.

“It's not the eas­i­est thing to write down,'' said Lyle. “Deal­ing with it isn't crash hot ei­ther. Hope­fully we're get­ting closer to a di­ag­no­sis of what's go­ing on.''

Lyle, 36, a win­ner of two pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments, has had a 20-year bat­tle with acute my­loid leukemia. He had his first stem cell trans­plant as a teenager in 1999, an­other in 2012 af­ter he turned pro­fes­sional, and a third op­er­a­tion at Christ­mas.

He has been told he has a rare con­di­tion that is im­pact­ing on his vi­sion. “This could be some­thing I un­for­tu­nately live with the rest of my life,'' he said. “Or it gets bet­ter with the treat­ment pro­to­col when they fig­ure out which way to go. I'm hop­ing it's the sec­ond ver­sion and I can get on with life again, but I guess you have to have that worst-case sce­nario in the back of your head that you have to live with blurred vi­sion, not be­ing able to drive, not be­ing able to look af­ter your kids that well or look af­ter your­self that well. It's a tough pill to swal­low.''

Lyle has two young daugh­ters, Lusi and Jemma and ad­mits they pro­vide most of his mo­ti­va­tion to fight.

“It's one of those things, there's still a lot of things I want to do in life. Watch­ing my girls grow up, be­ing there for them and be­ing there for Bry, try­ing to help her out as much as I can as well are the three ma­jor things that keep me go­ing ev­ery day.''

Jar­rod is an in­spi­ra­tional player and one that has made his mark on both the Aus­tralian Tour and on his vis­its to this coun­try so lets hope he con­tin­ues his bat­tle. He is a strong willed per­son and def­i­nitely up for the chal­lenge.

Jar­rod Lyle.

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