25-year-old Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs returned to the field last night, after fighting a battle against cancer – and winning.
Last December, Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an immune disease that interferes with the body’s capability to ward off infection. Last November, Berry underwent vigorous testing after noting pain in his chest; doctor’s found the cancerous mass that led to his diagnosis.
Berry fought the cancer with some rigorous chemotherapy and full love and support from his family. In late July, he remembered his struggle through the treatment referring to the process as “a monster.” He recalled feeling “as if you’re dying everyday.”
However, after nearly a year since his diagnosis, Berry energetically bounded onto the his home field and turned around to see his fans giving him a standing ovation and a warm welcome back.
The recognition was well received, and everyone in the NFL is happy to see a football player back on the field – fighting hard to get back on the field to play the game they all share a love for.
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Thus far, Berry has played in both regular season games against the Texans and the Broncos and racked up a total of six tackles. He is definitely putting in the hard work off the field to regain his starting safety spot.
Up next for the Berry and the rest of the Chiefs will be a battle against the Green Bay Packers on September 28th.
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