Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot reveals he has cancer

Canadian Olympic snowboarder Max Parrot announced on Thursday he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

» Top New Products

Cure Uterine Fibroids Naturally
cs_image_0

Learn  How  To  Permanently  Eliminate  All  Types  of  Uterine  Fibroids  Within  2  Months.                                     

$39.00
Reach Heights Of True Happiness
cs_image_1

Have  Complete  Control  Over  Your  Emotions  Physical  Health  As  Well  As  Your  Spiritual  Energy                     

$27.97
The Elite Body Weight MMA Program
cs_image_2

Harness  The  Strength  Within  You  To  Create  An  Unstoppable  Force  Of  Power  And  Performance                         

$47.99
Your Diabetes Escape Plan
cs_image_3

A  Complete  System  That  Anybody  Can  Follow  To  Escape  Type  2  Diabetes  In  As  Little  As  4  Weeks                 

$37.00
The QuickBooks University
cs_image_4

Get  The  Key  To  Unlock  The  Potential  Of  Your  Business,  Manage  Your  Costs,  And  Earn  More  Money.             

$97.00
Dealing With Home Intruders At Your Door
cs_image_5

Get  Trained  How  To  Counter-Attack  A  Violent  Door  Ambush  Using  Your  Gun,  And  Win.                                       

$8.56
Assured Soccer Profits Trader
cs_image_6

Learn  How  To  Trade  Soccer  Like  A  Professional                                                                                                             

$83.00
Civil engineering templates
cs_image_7

Welcome  to  the  home  of  templates  and  forms  for  Construction  and  Civil  Engineering  Projects.                 

$49.00
Amazon marketing
cs_image_8

Allows  you  to  quickly  and  easily  add  amazon  affiliate  links  to  your  wordpress  posts  and  pages.           

$47.00
Your Blog Will Pay You For Years
cs_image_9

The  Ultimate    and    Comprehensive  Guide  Making  A  Consistent  Income  From  Blogging  For  Years                     

$9.95
Teeth whitening
cs_image_10

Teeth  whitening  4  you  reveals  the  frightening  truth  about  teeth  whitening  product.                                   

$37.00
15 Minute Manifestation
cs_image_11

15  Minute  Manifestation  is  about  making  a  positive  impact  to  the  lives  of  people.                                     

$49.00

Parrot, a 24-year-old from Bromont, Que., captured slopestyle silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He was diagnosed with the cancer on Dec. 21, 10 days after undergoing a biopsy.

The five-time X Games champion also announced he will miss the entire season — including February's world championships, the World Cup circuit and the X Games — and has chosen to focus on his health. Parrot's most recent result was an eighth-place big air finish in Beijing in November.

WATCH | Max Parrot reveals he has cancer:

The Olympic silver medallist discussed his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis and treatment plan at a press conference on Thursday. 2:03

"The first symptoms appeared when I started scratching my skin repeatedly in the fall. It started all the way back in September," he said. "And then, in November, I realized I had a bump on my neck. I had a swollen gland. I saw my family doctor and he sent me for a biopsy. I received the diagnosis a few days before Christmas, confirming that I had Hodgkin's lymphoma.

This is a new kind of competition I must face, and I intend to do everything I can to win. – Max Parrot, Canadian snowboard, on fight against cancer

"It was tough to hear the news, and it's still hard now. But at first, the most difficult for me was to realize that I would have to put an end to my season. When I missed the Dew Tour in mid-December, it was because I had to undergo the biopsy and it was a challenging time because I had never missed a single competition in seven years. And it won't be easy to stay at home these upcoming months because I'm used to travelling at this time of year. But I have a new type of challenge to take on. This is a new kind of competition I must face, and I intend to do everything I can to win."

Parrot underwent an operation a few weeks ago and had his first round of chemotherapy last week to treat the disease, which affects the white blood cells in the lymphatic system.

"I know it will get tougher and tougher as it goes on. I have 11 sessions left, at a rate of every two weeks, and if all goes well I should be done in June," said Parrot. "It will be a long process. The word 'cancer' is scary, as is the treatment that comes with it. But I have great people around me. I have a lot of real positive energy with my family and my friends. My sponsors are also supporting me in this. I have an awesome medical team and I have all the confidence in the world in the work they are doing. My sport psychologist and my coach also help me make sure that my morale is good, so that I can fight this as best I can."

WATCH | The full news conference:

The Olympic silver medallist in snowboarding spoke to the media in Montreal on Thursday. 24:50

Hodgkin's lymphoma is a relatively rare cancer, according to Lymphoma Canada. It accounts for around 0.5 per cent of all cancers and 15 per cent of all lymphomas diagnosed. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there are several forms of the disease. It starts in the white blood cells of the lymphatic system, which works with the immune system to fight infection and disease. It's a relatively rare form of cancer, with 990 Canadians diagnosed in 2017.

Joelle Duschene, oncologist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, is optimistic Parrot can make a full recovery.

"Max has a stage IIA [or early stage] classical Hodgkin's lymphoma," said Duschene. "The treatment plan is chemotherapy for six months, and the prognosis is very good."

Parrot said his best friend was diagnosed with the same cancer a few years ago, and has drawn from his experience. Parrot also used hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux as one athlete who has battled back from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

It is a cancer of part of a person's immune system and is most often seen in people aged 20 to 40. Lemieux fought the disease in 1993 during one of his best scoring seasons. In fact, he travelled to Philadelphia on the same day as his last chemo treatment and scored a goal and an assist.

Parrot was thrust into the spotlight last February when he and Mark McMorris captured Canada's first medals of the 2018 Winter Games — silver and bronze, respectively. While McMorris drew more attention for his comeback from severe injuries sustained in a now-infamous backcountry snowboarding incident, it was Parrot who bested him on the podium.

Parrot has a reputation as a meticulous innovator, embracing trampoline training as a way to hone his skills year round and taking big air to new heights by landing the first-ever quad underflip to secure X Games gold in 2017.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Post Author: martin

Avatar
Martin is an enthusiastic programmer, a webdeveloper and a young entrepreneur. He is intereted into computers for a long time. In the age of 10 he has programmed his first website and since then he has been working on web technologies until now. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of BriefNews.eu and PCHealthBoost.info Online Magazines. His colleagues appreciate him as a passionate workhorse, a fan of new technologies, an eternal optimist and a dreamer, but especially the soul of the team for whom he can do anything in the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.