In a series of events worthy of a Hollywood movie, Chad Bettis returns after almost a half-year battle with testicular cancer. A few months after his victory of the disease, he helps Colorado Rockies to win an outstanding 3-0 win against the Atlanta Braves at the Coors Field, Denver, Colorado.
On a game watched by 33,000 baseball fans. Chris was able to throw seven scoreless innings. Cementing their win over their rival Braves. The two teams are scheduled to battle again in the coming days, but it can be assured that this one would be one of the most memorable.
Bettis’ testicular cancer was found last November after a lump on his testicles were found. He underwent a surgery in the same month to have one of his testicles removed. Sadly, a follow-up check-up in March found that his cancer has spread to his lymph nodes.
This prompted doctors to have him undergo three more rounds of chemo for 9 weeks. Rockies has been crippled since then after losing two of their star pitchers, including their injured right-hander Jon Gray.
“I don’t think I was in tune to what was going on until the fifth,” Bettis said after the game. “So many emotions. I was trying to get them under control. It was taking much longer than what was expected.”
“People talk to me about it now, and I’m quick to say it wasn’t that bad. But it was,” Bettis said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “I wasn’t prepared for it, mentally or physically. I couldn’t have been.” Bettis added, citing how difficult his battle with cancer was.
“It crept in when I woke up,” Bettis said, his eyes swelling. “Just thinking about everything that happened, everything my family went through. I was holding back tears until the game started.”
A ray of hope glimmered as Bettis and his wife welcomed their first child while his treatment was ongoing.
Testicular cancer affects almost 100,000 men around the world every year. Men aged between 20-35 years of age are most susceptible to this disease. With its primary cause unknown, it causes a lot of fear among the general public. Luckily there are many ways to treat testicular cancer.