Neil Marshall column: Operation went well so hopefully I can move on

Captain Neil Marshall.
Captain Neil Marshall.

It’s fair to say it’s been a pretty crazy few weeks for me.

On the same day my daughter was born I found out I needed an operation to take lymph nodes out of my groin as they contained cancerous cells.

At 6am we were welcoming Daisy into the world and by 6pm we’d found out I was going to need the surgery.

One way of looking at it was that at least I was already at the hospital!

This isn’t a new thing for me, I first had an operation about two and a half ago to remove a mole from my leg. It’s called Melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

That went well but there’s always a chance these things can return in the future and I used to go back every three months after the original scare to make sure everything was as it should be.

This time I found a lump in my groin and was sent for MRI and CT scans.

I still played in the meantime but it was playing on my mind.

Then once I got my results it all happened quite quickly really.

Thankfully the doc said it hadn’t spread anywhere else when we sat down a couple of Tuesdays ago and I was in Preston hospital a week later having it sorted out.

I’ve been told it’s gone well and they got everything they wanted. I just have to wait a couple of weeks for the results now.

I asked the doc when I found out about needing the operation how long it was going to be before I could play again.

He said it would be about three to four weeks after the operation, but you can’t really say I’ve just got to wait and see how I get on.

I’ve have a lot of messages from people wishing me well - a lot more than I expected.

I just wanted to say that I really appreciate it.

People might think it would be a scary time but I’m out of hospital now and on the road to recovery.

Fingers crossed this is where it ends.