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.

38 responses to “Stuart Scott provides great inspiration to cancer victims

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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…….

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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,

  16. 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.

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