On Wednesday the devastating news that AFC Bournemouth and Wales international David Brooks had been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma was released.
The 24-year-old received the news following an examination whilst away on international duty.
The NHS website describes the condition as…
“an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.”
Brooks will begin his treatment next week and has asked for his privacy to be respected in the coming months.
Brooks posted on his Twitter page…
This is a very difficult message for me to write.
I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week.
Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.
I’d like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.
I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.
I’d also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all their support and assistance this past week.
Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.
I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.
— David Brooks (@DRBrooks15) October 13, 2021
AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told afcb.co.uk…
“Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do everything possible to help support David and his family during his recovery.
“We’re not putting any timescales on his return; we will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that.
“I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family’s privacy during this time.”
"𝗪𝗲'𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗱."
Scott Parker has addressed the media after David Brooks was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/2LvcLhWpDZ
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) October 14, 2021
From the moment the news broke about Brooks, AFC Bournemouth supporters have been leaving their well wishes on our forum pages.
There are far too many to add to this page, already, but to click through them all, or to add your own please click here.
Audenshaw Cherry wrote…
Just heard about this.
Absolutely terrible news.
Keep fighting, David. We are all with you.
Sounds like it’s been caught in a good time and the prognosis as he says himself is good. Best wishes to the lad
— EFL (@EFL) October 14, 2021