Craig Begins Treatment

Craig Forrest has started his precautionary chemotherapy treatment for testicular cancer - and admits he has experienced nothing like it before.

"It's been a tough week starting off with the chemo, which has been difficult," he says, "and it has definitely washed me out, but the anti-sickness pills are extremely good, though for the most part I do feel a bit noxious and tired.

"After the surgery you start feeling better and before the chemo you feel pretty high but the worst thing about having this is the actual treatment itself.

"You feel normal until you do the therapy and the treatment knocks you for six; but they have come so far with cancer research and the chemotherapy works really well with this type of it, attacking the cancer cells in your system and disposing of them.

"Lucky for me I had this now and not 25 years ago."

He says he will not rush back too soon - having listened to what Millwall striker Neil Harris told him about doing just that.

"I talked to Neil Harris and he said if there is one thing I can give you advice on it is 'take your time', and the oncologists and surgeons have said the same thing as well.

"Getting back to an everyday routine is fairly straightforward but to reach a level of fitness that we need in our profession is a different story. It is a long process and you need several months to recover and start building up.

"Neil pointed out to me that he went into training 100% hard, it knocked him back several weeks and he has paid for it.

"I hope I am training before the summer but I will let my body do the talking and see how I react to different training sessions, then slowly build up from there.

"I don't know if there is a right or wrong way of doing it other than listening to your body, seeing what it is telling you, and not overdoing it right away.

"It is so different from anything I have had before and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Injuries are one thing but doctors and physios work around different ways of rehabilitation.

"But this sort of thing is very scary and just the word itself is scary enough. It helps a lot of people out, though, and cures a lot of people.

"One day you have a lump, the next day everything is flipped on its head and it puts everything in perspective and changes things very quickly.

"But I am taking it day by day, enjoying being with my family, trying to get through the tough side of the chemotherapy, and looking forward to getting back to training, whenever that will be.

"Give me John Green's treatment table any day!"