Stuart Scott announced on Monday that his cancer has returned, bringing an outpouring of love and support from the sports world to the ESPN anchor.
Scott remained upbeat in his Twitter announcement on Monday evening, writing: “Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”
Stuart Scott first battled cancer in 2007. He fell ill while covering a Monday Night Football game, and, after an emergency appendectomy, doctors found that he had appendiceal cancer, Touched By Cancer magazine reported. He went through six months of chemotherapy and remained cancer-free for another four years.
But then in 2011, doctors found malignant tumors in the ESPN anchor’s small intestine. Stuart Scott again went through surgery and chemo, with the cancer remaining away until his recent announcement.
After his tweet on Monday night, Stuart Scott was inundated with messages of sympathy and support including some from Robert Griffin III and Jason Taylor.
He respoinded” “Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”
Stuart Scott added that after his chemo he planned to go straight to a P90X workout or to MMA training. In an interview last year, Scott said that his workout routine helped keep him focused during cancer treatments:
“Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life. If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.
“I love my job. Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.”
The announcement of Stuart Scott’s cancer comes the same day that one of the most famous cancer survivors, Lance Armstrong, reportedly confessed to doping in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today noted. Scott was asked about his feelings toward Armstrong and responded with words of support for the disgraced cyclist: “I’m 1 of millions of (cancer) survivors he’s helped. #grateful.”