Despite an ongoing battle with testicular cancer the Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell has made an emotional return to cricket. Earlier this week Fell, who is just 22 years old, made 41 runs opening the batting for Worcestershire’s second XI against Sussex.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer last October but before that he was Worcestershire’s leading run scorer in the County Championship.
Last month he suffered a serious setback when it was found that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He is now awaiting a third round of chemotherapy but in the meantime he is absolutely determined to make it back on to the first-team later this summer.
After returning to the team he said that it was “brilliant to see everyone again and to be back in amongst it”. He said that for him it was the best way to cope with the cancer, to try and do as much as he can and live life as normally as possible. He said that when he goes to training it gives him a “lift and makes everything a lot better”.
He went on to say that because of his youth he thinks that he has an advantage over others that undergo chemotherapy and says that he is coping with it fairly well. He says that “obviously there are bad days and good days” but says he is lucky to have more good than bad.
There is no doubt that Fell is optimistic about his treatment and recovery. He said that he is hopefull that it won’t affect him too much in the long run and is aiming to be back in shape to be considered for the first-team by June and still have a good season.