“Maybe I’ll have another surgery”

"Maybe I'll have another surgery"

Sébastien Haller is going through a difficult time right now. The Ivorian international, who is being treated for testicular cancer, remains optimistic about the speed of his recovery, even if the ghost of a new surgery haunts him.

Dortmund hope to reunite with Sebastien Haller in the second half of the season. But it would have to be done with Ivory’s body’s response to the chemotherapy. In an interview posted on the UEFA website on Monday, the former Ajax forward revealed his health condition.

“I spend five days in a row at the hospital I am connected to 24/7, I cannot get out of bed while the treatment is being injected into my body. Then I’m entitled to two weeks off. It’s a phase and I have to do this four times. Four chemotherapy phases, each lasting approximately three weeks. After that, depending on how my cancer has progressed and spread, I may need surgery. A lot of people ask when I’ll be back, but there are so many things to consider, so it’s hard to give them a clear answer. I am lucky to feel good. I can work out physically, I feel good mentally and physically, which of course helps in fighting this disease.” said Haller at UEFA.com

Haller, who has been seen in the stands several times, knows that the moment of his return is approaching. However, you should listen to the body’s reaction and stick to luck.

“I have a time scale in mind. If I’m lucky enough not to need surgery, things can go very quickly. Three weeks after the last stage, controls are made about the stage of metastasis and whether surgery is required. I like to think that if I don’t need an operation, the way I train, I’ll be fine after those three weeks.” he continued.

Advice from Sébastien Haller

With all these experiences over the course of several months, Haller also has a message for other people in his situation.

“I’m lucky to have three kids already, I’m married and I’ve achieved something in football; There are people in a much worse situation than me. At my age, I don’t have much to prove, but this cancer is affecting young people who haven’t found love yet, who don’t have children, who are trying to figure out who they are mentally and physically, who are building a structure. life for themselves. This can stop people in their tracks.

This can affect their self-confidence and of course harm their sex life. We had to give up a part of ourselves, a part of our masculinity, and it’s never easy to deal with. But you have to put things into perspective and remember that you’re going through a very difficult time, and that’s something to be proud of. You should be proud of that scar on your body and tell yourself that there is nothing you can do to prevent it from happening. (…)

Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy, don’t be lazy or anything like that. Get a checkup, get a blood test, and see a doctor if something goes wrong because with cancer – you don’t see it coming – it can be asymptomatic and maybe a few symptoms too mild.” Added the player.

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