Erick Berry, a 26 year old, left the Chiefs after their Nov. 20th loss to the Oakland Raiders after complaining of discomfort in his chest.
After that, Berry went through a weekend of tests where a mass was discovered on the right side of his chest. Immediately, his trainer, Rick Burkholder said, Lymphoma was the “leading consideration”, but they needed further testing to be certain.
The test results came back with Lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system and to be more specific, Berry has been officially diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches,” said Christopher Flowers, MD, the director of Emory Lymphoma Program at the Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. “The goal of Mr. Berrys’ treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now.”
Berry has released a statement regarding his recent diagnosis:
“My family and I are very grateful for the amount of support we have received over the last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all the words of encouragement, the blessings and the well wishes.
I want to thank the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Dr. Flowers and his team, for all of their hard work and effort in diagnosing and creating a plan for me to battle this thing. I will embrace this process and attack it the same way I do everything else in life. God has more than prepared me for it. For everyone sharing similar struggles, I’m pray for you and keep fighting!”
Remember, that the Houston Texans’ very own Offensive Tackle, #77 David Quessenberry, 23 yrs old, was diagnosed in June and is also fighting his own form of Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Check out Quessenberry & Berry’s twitter & IG accounts @davidqberry and @stuntman1429.
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