The sporting world was hit with the tragic news that one of the greats has fallen ill with cancer and is now in need of desperate prayers.
Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, best known for his gold medal relay with Michael Phelps in 2008, made the devastating announcement to his fans. He took to his social media accounts to break the news.
“Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what may be chasing you down. Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn’t quite seem right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt,” he started.
Little did he know just how that visit would turn out. “After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I, unfortunately, learned that I have Testicular Cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early. I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good,” he continued.
He went on to discuss what the plans for his swimming career would look like following this diagnosis. “I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo! Along the way, I hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men’s health issues. I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore the potential warning signs, and put off getting the medical help that we may need.”
He then finished by saying, “As I told my family, I’ll be putting my public health degree to work a little sooner than I planned! But in all seriousness, I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable. I am extremely grateful for my family and friends, especially my wife, for their love and support. I am scheduled for surgery early next week and will provide an update soon.”
While this is certainly not something he nor any of his friends or family ever expected the healthy 3-year-old athlete to endure, it’s now a journey they must conquer together. Please keep Nathan and his family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months as he goes down the road to recovery!