Ireland and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy has received the excellent news that his surgery for bowel cancer was successful. Sheedy underwent an operation to remove a tumour and lymph glands and tests have shown that the former midfielder does not need further treatment.
Sheedy, who is the coach of Everton’s u18 team, is recuperating at home and he told the club’s website that he believes early detection of the disease saved his life.
“I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP. My life has been saved through early detection and I am told that over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated. Don’t be embarrassed to go otherwise you could die of that embarrassment,” he emphasized.
Sheedy’s mother died from the illness two years ago and his father is in remission after undergoing successful treatment for the same condition. The Dubliner will need constant monitoring in the future but knows the prompt action he took has made his future prognosis bright.
He was overwhelmed by the support he received from Everton and Ireland fans, the wider football community and people outside of the sport and wanted to express his gratitude to everyone who has helped him during a difficult time for him and his family.
“I would like to say a massive thank-you to everybody who sent me messages of support, which I got from all over the world. It was very touching and really helped me to deal with my situation knowing that so many people were rooting for me. It would be impossible for me to personally reply to everybody but I would like to make special mention of my surgeon Mr Skaife, all of his staff and the staff on Ward 4 at Aintree Hospital who gave me the best treatment and support that I could ever have wished for,” Sheedy added.