John Daly revealed on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
The veteran PGA and Champions Tour golfer told the Golf Channel that he received a diagnosis during a visit to the doctor after a bout with kidney stones.
“He did a whistle with iodine,” Daly said. “They could see everything, said the kidneys are fine, it seems like you passed a bunch, it doesn’t look like any stones are there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer.
“After I whistled, I was sipping on a diet coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. You need to come back here and get this cancer out of you.'”
Doctors hope that cancer will return
Daly said doctors were able to reverse the cancer, but there is a high probability that it will return.
“He got it, but he said there is an 85 percent chance that it comes back,” Daly continued. “I got to go back in three months and see. They probably have to cut it again.
“It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months you don’t know. You don’t know right now Luckily for me, they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something I am not fully aware of. But it does not appear that it can go away. We will just see what happens. Might be a miracle. “
After revealing the diagnosis, Daly thanked fans on Twitter for his encouragement and vowed to beat the odds.
Hey everyone, thank you so much for all your love, texts, messages and support! All this is still shocking to me, but I know that I will do that which will beat me! I have beaten the odds my whole life, so now is not the time to stop! Get ready for 2020! #gripitandripityall
– John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) September 11, 2020
Plans to cut deli consumption
54-year-old Daly is a fan of his everyman personality and success at the highest level of the game. He won five times on the PGA Tour and went on to win big at the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open.
He is also known for his less-than-healthy lifestyle and vows to cut back on some of his vices to overcome cancer.
“I’m cutting way, can count the minutes before going back to Diet Coke and smoking cigarettes,” said Daly. “I’m trying to quit smoking. The doctors are not saying that it is too late. Unfortunately, it is a cancer that keeps coming back. But I’m going to listen to them, and I’m going to try to quit smoking. “
If the cancer is not permanently eradicated, Daly said he plans to live his life.
“If it comes back, it comes back,” Daly continued. “Six months to a year, if it doesn’t go away, I’m going to live my life. I’m having some fun “
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