Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Fell Thanks For Hospital Staff Support In Battle Against Cancer

Fell Thanks For Hospital Staff Support In Battle Against Cancer

Tom Fell has thanked the doctors and nurses at the Mount Vernon Hospital who helped him through his battle against cancer.

The Worcestershire batsman has also been overwhelmed by the messages of support from within and outside the game.

The 22-year-old has been given the all clear to resume his cricketing career after undergoing three bouts of chemotherapy for cancer in the lymph nodes and is playing today for the Seconds.

But he will never forget the sterling work of the staff at Mount Vernon, a specialist cancer centre in Northwood, Middlesex.

Fell said: "There are too many people to thank individually but I want to make a special mention of the doctors and nurses at Mount Vernon Hospital.

"They have been incredible. The work they do is amazing and they are such kind and generous people.

"It is quite humbling really to spend so much time around people who are kind and generous and the work they do is under appreciated really.

"Unless you experience something like this, you don't realise the work they do day in and day out. It is pretty humbling."

Fell added: "Friends, families and team-mates with their messages have been overwhelming and Pepsi (Tom Kohler-Cadmore) with his head shaving (in support of Cancer Research) has been amazing.

"You see the very best of human nature when you go through things like this.

"It helps to keep you going. It gives you a lift when people are constantly messaging you, seeing how you are doing.

"They don't have to do that but I appreciate all of it."

Fell celebrated by playing a round of golf with his mother – a keen player of the game like himself – before cracking open a bottle of champagne with the family after getting the all clear.

He said: "I had the scan and the hospital had the results there and then really. I saw the consultant not long after and he said the good news, that it (the cancer) had all gone.

"I was actually fairly fortunate because the doctor told me he thought it was 50-50 as to whether or not I would have to have an operation which I didn't realise at the time so I feel quite lucky it was all fine and all clear.

"I have to go for a check-up in two months time and then it will probably be three months after that and six months after that.

"That's all I have to do now, is go for the odd blood test and check-up and apart from that, I don't really have to worry about it.

"My mum came. She was obviously stressing about it which I fully understood. We were very pleased and went and had a round of golf in the afternoon.

"We did have a bottle of champagne that evening. We got stuck into that. But it was pretty low key. I was just at home with the family. There wasn't a massive wild night!"

Fell is looking forward to returning to action following a demanding winter in which he was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer and then more latterly with cancer in the lymph nodes.

He said: "I've been fairly patient and fairly calm about it all throughout the whole process.

"Obviously, inside you feel a little bit more stressed out than compared to how I came across to people. "But you've got to take everything in your stride and just crack on with it really.

"I was never really too worried. I was more bored than anything. That was the main feeling I had throughout the whole process, just bored.

"Being relatively active with what I do, playing cricket and training, to go from that and sitting around and not being able to do a lot, is a little bit of a shock.

"You miss playing and training so I'm grateful to be able to get back into it now.

"Does it make you appreciate the game more? I think so. When you do have any length of time out of the game, you miss it. You take it for granted a little bit I think when you are playing.

"When you are told you can't play for a certain period of time, it is quite difficult and you do tend to miss it a bit."