From the sports activities editor’s desk: Duval plans on beating most cancers | Sports activities
Ice cream and a chilly beer.
Two objects Dick Duval can’t wait to take pleasure in. When he’s capable of.
See, preventing pancreatic most cancers with chemotherapy periods doesn’t lend itself to chilly treats, which the 63-year-old former St. Joseph-Ogden soccer coach is coping with.
“I requested my nurse, ‘What occurs if I drink one thing chilly?’” stated Duval, who went 251-75 in 28 seasons teaching SJ-O that included 5 state championship recreation appearances in a Corridor of Fame profession that ended as soon as he retired after the 2015 season. “She stated, ‘You’ll really feel such as you’re dying as a result of it’ll be like pins happening your throat.’”
Duval let loose a hearty snigger after the final sentiment, with the person who helped flip SJ-O into one of many state’s premier soccer applications holding a constructive perspective even amid a yr, coronavirus pandemic and all, he would a lot quite neglect about.
He accomplished his eighth session of chemotherapy this previous Monday and is taking a soccer method to these grueling days.
“That’s eight out of 12, so I’m two-thirds finished,” Duval stated, “and once I get No. 9 finished, I’ll be within the fourth quarter.”
He’s taking extra naps nowadays. And asking for assist when he wants it.
He needed to lose some weight earlier than 2020 began and his most cancers analysis rocked his life. Effectively, he’s finished that previously 4 months since he began chemotherapy, down about 55 kilos.
“My urge for food has been nice,” Duval stated. “The issue is it simply doesn’t stick with me very lengthy.”
However Duval is persevering. And plans on dominating most cancers very similar to his fundamentally-sound and gifted SJ-O groups did beneath the Friday evening lights for many years. The outpouring of playing cards, textual content messages, telephone calls and extra from former gamers, former teaching foes turned buddies, former college students and former colleagues warms the previous ball coach’s coronary heart.
“It retains me going,” Duval stated. “It’s been so tough at occasions. Tthe hardest half with chemo is the psychological half, figuring out you’ve bought to do that and get by means of it.”
Having three grown kids dwelling close by in daughters Bobbi and Toni, together with son Kiel, helps. So does the sight of his grandchildren. And the fixed presence of his spouse, Lynda, isn’t misplaced on him.
“They’ve been so, so supportive,” he stated. “It makes me really feel very proud to be part of this household.”
Duval is ready to finish chemotherapy on Nov. 9, with potential radiation remedies scheduled after that. He went to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis final month for a three-month checkup and obtained encouraging information from his medical doctors.
“All my numbers have been unbelievable,” Duval stated. “They only assume every little thing goes precisely prefer it ought to be.”
He’s not getting complacent, although. Or forward of himself. He is aware of this foe he’s coping with is larger than any highschool soccer staff he coached towards.
However, nonetheless, he has his finish objective in sight: ice cream and a chilly beer.
“Nothing actually particular,” Duval stated. “Simply having an Oreo Blizzard can be nice.”
Matt Daniels is the sports activities editor of The Information-Gazette. He could be reached at 217-373-7422 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.