Free agent tight finish Foster Moreauthat he was stepping away from the NFL following a most cancers prognosis. As he famous in a social media put up revealing the information, the invention and later prognosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma got here throughout a free-agent go to with the New Orleans Saints. It was there the place staff doctor, Dr. John Amoss, noticed a lump on the 25-year-old’s neck.
“He sat me down and he goes, ‘You’ve heard of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, proper?’ And I say, ‘Yeah.’ And he goes, ‘OK, effectively, from the exams that we see, that could possibly be a powerful chance,'” Moreau lately instructed “Good Morning America.”
Moreau stated he was conscious of the lump on his neck, however “did not suppose it was something” and chalked it as much as him probably coming down with a chilly. Once it was confirmed to be Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Moreau admitted that he cried in his mom’s arms and stated she has been an important determine all through his battle.
“You know, it is laborious. It’s laborious. And at a time the place none of us may do something apart from be with family members and pray, she was instrumental,” Moreau stated of his mom.
Thus far, medical doctors have given Moreau constructive updates. He famous that it’s stage 2, which means it has unfold from its preliminary location. However, it seems to be a slower unfold and Moreau stated that “we must always be capable to eliminate all of it.”
As he continues his journey, Moreau is now utilizing his platform to induce individuals to go see their physician.
“I’d say to anybody who would not need to get a checkup, afraid to see your physician, afraid to take no matter take a look at you’ve got gotta take, it is not gonna change the end result, proper? It’s higher to know,” Moreau stated.
“This occurs to everybody on a regular basis in each stroll of life day-after-day. So for me to have the gall to suppose that I may stand up right here and be inspirational, I do not suppose that I may do this,” Moreau stated. “I believe that there is youngsters within the youngsters’s hospital which might be much more inspirational. Truthfully, I’ve had some sensible individuals in my nook who’ve instructed me, ‘Look, regardless, you are gonna stand up and also you’re gonna encourage hundreds of thousands. And that is simply part of what God’s put in your shoulders.'”
From right here, Moreau stated that he’s going to assault most cancers head-on equally to how he prepares for a sport within the NFL.
“There’s no different approach to have a look at it, proper? So I’m making ready for my opponent, proper? Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chemotherapy, I’m making ready for being on an IV, for six, seven, eight hours. Whatever it takes, proper? Because I imply, there is not any different possibility. There’s no possibility,” Moreau stated.
“You solely have a finite period of time on this Earth,” he added. “For me, I’m gonna make it rely. And proper now, making it rely is whuppin’ up on most cancers’s butt.”
Moreau entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choose of the Raiders in 2019 out of LSU. Last season, he was coming off a profession yr, notching highs in receptions (33) and receiving yards (420).