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Stuart Scott provides great inspiration to cancer victims

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Anyone with a family member affected by the horribly random curse that is cancer knows the importance of having the will to get through the surgeries, the scans, the uncertainties, the chemotherapy.

ESPN’s Stuart Scott has been fighting cancer since 2007, and Richard Sandomir of the New York Times recently has penned a profile that will inspire thousands to continue a fight that at times can rob the patient of the will to persist.

Scott finds his drive from intense workouts, embracing the routine and ignoring the details of a disease that has returned twice before.

“I never ask what stage I’m in,” Scott told Sandomir.  “I haven’t wanted to know.  It won’t change anything to me.  All I know is that it would cause more worry and a higher degree of freakout.  Stage 1, 2 or 8, it doesn’t matter.  I’m trying to fight it the best I can.”

A courageous public battle like Scott’s can help so many others continue their own private efforts to push toward a cure or to at least live their remaining days without obsessing over the inevitable.

Best wishes to Stuart and his family as he continues the battle, and best wishes to anyone else who must find a reason every day to get out of bed and continue to beat back cancer.  Just doing that is in many ways a victory.

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38 Responses to “Stuart Scott provides great inspiration to cancer victims”
  1. fdugrad says: Mar 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    God love him.

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 15, 2014 12:42 PM

    Top 10 ever to do it over at ESPN, fight on!!!

  3. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 15, 2014 12:46 PM

    One of the few people at the Four Letter Network I actually like.

  4. mkelly534 says: Mar 15, 2014 12:47 PM

    It is more than just cancer patients who are inspired by him. I hope he kicks cancers ass!!

  5. arwiv says: Mar 15, 2014 12:50 PM

    This guy has got a serious amount of guts. He could have packed it in years ago….like a lot of us would have….and nobody would have blamed him. Unlike most, the guy just keeps on going no matter what…..true “you know what” of brass.

  6. mickton says: Mar 15, 2014 12:53 PM

    Continue the positive fight stewart, you are an inspiration.

  7. thetooloftools says: Mar 15, 2014 12:58 PM

    A true man’s man.
    May you continue to fight !
    God Bless You !

  8. chawkup says: Mar 15, 2014 1:00 PM

    Wow. I had no idea. Great story. Keep the fight Stu!

  9. spartyownsyou says: Mar 15, 2014 1:06 PM

    it’s hilarious how if you say anything that remotely contradicts Florio in the comments section there is a 0% chance that the comment will go through. It doesn’t if what he’s saying is completely false, misleading or inaccurate.
    Cancer isn’t random at all and he does everyone a great disservice by playing doctor when he obviously has no clue what he’s talking about

  10. theneedforspeeed says: Mar 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    Keep pushing, SS, you’re a great inspiration!

  11. jtp13 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    With all due respect, cancer is absolutely not random in any way, shape, or form. It is directly related to lifestyle (diet, body toxicity, physical activity, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, stress, etc.). If someone is eating processed foods, GMO’s, fast food, meat and dairy, taking pharmaceutical drugs, using soaps/shampoos/lotions/deodorants/household cleaners/detergents/laundry sheets etc. with toxic chemicals, their chances of getting chronic disease skyrockets. That’s why America is so diseased, depressed, obese, and dumbed down. Everyone is jacked up on some type of drug or stimulant, drinking fluoridated water, eating and drinking fake poison like oreos, soda, Cheetos, twinkies and all of this nonsense. Brain and body cant work when its not properly nourished. Disease is from nutritional deficiencies, body toxicity, and stress.

  12. stonefish67 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:44 PM

    Did not know as not an avid viewer of ESPN, anymore. Good luck, Stu
    Too much Berman and the other grey beards

  13. bigblu73 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:45 PM

    Keep fighting the good fight Stu!!! Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

  14. nycowboysfan says: Mar 15, 2014 1:46 PM

    Cancer is not RANDOM! It has killed every female on my mothers side. My brothers wife; it has killed all the males in her family. It is genetic; period!! Best of luck Stewart…….

  15. redmosquito16 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:55 PM

    I haven’t liked this guy for a while (or most ESPN personalities for that matter), but I never knew about him dealing with cancer. Stay strong, Stu, and good luck.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 15, 2014 1:57 PM

    Where there’s a will there’s a way, and whether cancer is random for everybody or not the key to victory is to stay on the path that leads to it. He’s right that it doesn’t really matter where you are at if you know you are always committed to moving towards an improved position. Good stuff Mr. Scott hearing your story has already impacted my day!

  17. canmannac says: Mar 15, 2014 2:01 PM

    Totally agree, I just got cleared this week of any cancer in me after losing a vertebrae to a tumor and finding some malignant cells in it. Best not to know the details and keep to a regimen and your work/hobbies/interests if you can do so. Or find new things to do.
    I let my wife handle the details of the problem and did what she and the Docs needed to do, scans, diet, rest whatever. Keep negative people far away, follow your heroes and find new ones, and stay focused on getting better.
    I do realize some forms are more deadly than others, I know people who were written off for dead, and followed the same attitude. They showed up at my wedding 3 years ago, after winning the battle 7 years earlier.
    Keep the faith. Bravo to Stuart and go get em Jim Kelly too. Saints fan here.

  18. timpaz says: Mar 15, 2014 2:13 PM

    Did no know he had cancer , keep up the good fight Stu, my prayers are with you.

  19. ningenito78 says: Mar 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    Yeah Stu keep up the good fight.

  20. wojo243 says: Mar 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    As a son of two cancer survivors, the only way to beat the big C is to perservere and never doubt your chances. Pulling for you Stu!

  21. minanten says: Mar 15, 2014 2:35 PM

    AMEN!

  22. mswravens says: Mar 15, 2014 2:36 PM

    All I can say is Amen, Mike…Amen!

  23. iamthorny says: Mar 15, 2014 2:53 PM

    As a guy in the same boat as Stuart, it is wonderful to see his attitude. The Times piece is worth a read and if you’ve been where he’s at, you won’t get through it without a tear, or two.

    The gift of perspective comes along with this curse. Thank you Stuart Scott for fighting as you have and will continue to do. Gives hope to those who aren’t where you are…yet, and to those are are there right now.

    You’re the bombdiggity,

    —A fellow survivor

  24. apage53915 says: Mar 15, 2014 2:58 PM

    Pure Awesome! Sincere Good vibes to him and his family in his battle.

  25. louiedogg16 says: Mar 15, 2014 3:28 PM

    How do some of these posts have thumbs down? Stuart Scott is the ish, it was sad to see him slowly lose weight and quickly look older.

  26. gerard33 says: Mar 15, 2014 3:51 PM

    Really a broadcasting legend, the first guy to bring that swag to ESPN. I used to have a basketball with all his catch phrases! Holla at a playa when you see him in the street (was not on there but it should have been)

  27. upperdecker19 says: Mar 15, 2014 3:57 PM

    BOOYA!!!! To beating down cancer!!!!

  28. pone27 says: Mar 15, 2014 4:08 PM

    Having a father who survived cancer, and unfortunately have had several close family members lost due to cancer, I sympathize tremendously for him. Stories like Stu’s and even Jimmy V’s (RIP) don’t make me cry at all, they make smile, for guys like Stu don’t want us to cry for them, they want to learn, understand and be thankful that we are here.

    The day Stu beats cancer, pretty sure he may something along the lines of…. BOO YOW!

  29. unitasftw says: Mar 15, 2014 4:17 PM

    He is tall.

  30. seaeagle707 says: Mar 15, 2014 4:19 PM

    Don’t know the man. Don’t have to. I know the fight he wages. I know the terrible war that takes place in his mind and soul, especially in the quiet, dark moments of the night. Turn your eyes towards God, my friend. It may be that you will not win the physical battle, but there’s every hope that you will triumph in the most important one.

    Also, smile. Smiling beats back the negativity of the disease. It lifts the spirits, and it says to everyone that you will not give an inch to that miserable S.O.B. cell that’s ruining your life.

    You aren’t alone.

  31. huricaneditka says: Mar 15, 2014 4:20 PM

    God Bless you Stuart. STAND AND FIGHT.

  32. barkhardandloud says: Mar 15, 2014 4:41 PM

    jtp13 says: Mar 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    With all due respect, cancer is absolutely not random in any way, shape, or form. It is directly related to lifestyle (diet, body toxicity, physical activity, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, stress, etc.). If someone is eating processed foods, GMO’s, fast food, meat and dairy, taking pharmaceutical drugs, using soaps/shampoos/lotions/deodorants/household cleaners/detergents/laundry sheets etc. with toxic chemicals, their chances of getting chronic disease skyrockets. That’s why America is so diseased, depressed, obese, and dumbed down. Everyone is jacked up on some type of drug or stimulant, drinking fluoridated water, eating and drinking fake poison like oreos, soda, Cheetos, twinkies and all of this nonsense. Brain and body cant work when its not properly nourished. Disease is from nutritional deficiencies, body toxicity, and stress.

    Lower a Plants PH, It will die too, Drink Baking soda/Syrup daily, 1/3R,

  33. nceaglesfan says: Mar 15, 2014 5:04 PM

    Thumbs up to Stuart. Don’t let anything change who you are. Keep the cool side up!!

  34. acanniv says: Mar 15, 2014 5:13 PM

    Cancer is not just one disease. It is many, many different diseases that all act differently. Some you may be genetically predisposed to, i.e. breast cancer. Some can be the result of lifestyle choices, i.e. some forms of lung cancer. Some are totally random, i.e. teratomas. We barely even understand how most cancers work, much less how to effectively treat them. There never will be “a cure for cancer” because it has to be many, many cures. It would be great if the solution was just to “live right” as suggested above but, unfortunately, that is a fallacy.

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2014 6:24 PM

    Godspeed Scott. The UNC family pulling for you.

  36. mikecarter1135 says: Mar 15, 2014 11:06 PM

    Cancer what!?! You to cool for cancer Stu it’s not a match for you.

  37. copiouscaffeine says: Mar 15, 2014 11:28 PM

    Jim Kelly is fighting cancer, too. These stories serve to put the win/loss part of sports in its proper place

  38. scoobies05 says: Mar 16, 2014 12:24 PM

    best of luck Stuart. beat this awful disease

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