John Bonamego’s cancer spreads, but prognosis good

Central Michigan Chippewas head coach John Bonamego’s cancer has spread from his tonsil to a lymph node, but the overall prognosis is good. Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press spoke to Bonamego, who offered updates on his condition.

“It’s learning to manage discomfort early on,” Bonamego said. “And now, it’s learning to deal with pain.”

“I’ve lived my life with two principles,” Bonamego said. “I don’t believe you run away from the truth, and I’ve never backed down from a challenge. This is just another challenge.”

“I’m going to keep most of my suffering private,” he said. “I feel OK. This is a deal where the more you get into it, it gets progressively worse. I have my good hours and my bad half-hours. You can be going along really good and then you just feel terrible.”

“The drive, honestly, back and forth, is as taxing in the early stages as anything else,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate that I have a healthy pool of volunteers to drive me down. I’m able to rest on the way down and back.”

“The particular one that I have, the success rate is in the 90s, so I like that, for an opening game,” he said. “Those are good odds to have.”

Seidel also went on to say that despite the illness and having to undergo radiation treatment Monday through Friday, Bonamego spends almost every day at his office on campus and plans on being involved in practices. His treatment wraps up on August 21st, so hopefully he is feeling well enough to coach on the field or in the press box for when CMU opens the season at home against Oklahoma State on September 3.

Campus Sports wishes Bonamego a speedy recovery and sends its best wishes to him and his family.

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