Sheedy on the mend after successful surgery
Everton have announced that their coach and Irish legend Kevin Sheedy has been told that surgery on his bowel cancer has been successful.
By Declan Whooley
Last month we told you how the current Everton U-18 coach was diagnosed with the illness and the support from the football community was widespread.
On Everton’s website today Sheedy explains that he is alive thanks to early detection as the tumour had been spotted before it became irreversible. The lymph glands that were removed during the surgery have subsequently tested ‘all clear’, which means that he won’t require any further treatment.
“I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP,” he stressed.
“My life has been saved through early detection and I am told that over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated,” he told evertonfc.com.
Sheedy also thanked everyone for their kind words during what was a particularly hard time for him and his family.
“I would like to say a massive thank-you to everybody who sent me messages of support, which I got from all over the world. It was very touching and really helped me to deal with my situation knowing that so many people were rooting for me,” he told the website.
It is great to see him making a full recovery from such a serious illness and hopefully his story will encourage others to go for a check-up should there be any suspicious symptoms.
To celebrate Sheedy’s full-health, let’s take another look at THAT goal against England. It just never gets old.