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Heartfelt messages sent to David Brooks diagnosed with cancer

Heartfelt messages have been sent to footballer David Brooks who is diagnosed with cancer at this really young stage in his life.

The 24-year-old Championship player said he has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma but that “the prognosis is a positive one” and will start treatment next week.

Brooks, who has won 21 Wales caps, was on international duty last week and credits the Wales medical team for helping detect the illness.

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Heartfelt messages sent to David Brooks diagnosed with cancer


AFC Bournemouth can confirm that midfielder David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

He left international duty with Wales last week and after medical examination, it has been confirmed that he has Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma.

As a result of this, David will undergo treatment next week after an initial positive prognosis.

David has issued the following statement:

This is a very difficult message for me to write.

I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week.

Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.

I’d like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period.

I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.

I’d also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all their support and assistance this past week.

Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.

In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.

I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon.

Chief executive Neill Blake added: “Everyone at AFC Bournemouth will do everything possible to help support David and his family during his recovery.

“We’re not putting any timescales on his return; we will give David all the time he needs to get well and will do everything that we possibly can to help with that.

“I know everyone will be keen to show their love and support for David which will help him immensely as he recovers, but we also urge you all to respect his and his family’s privacy during this time.”


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Heartfelt messages were sent to David Brooks diagnosed with cancer, see them all below…

@spireflyer: Highly treatable age on his side, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins in year 2000, stage 4b very advanced, I was 44 now 65, all the best David will beat it…

@nathancole09: That’s shocking and awful news wish him all the best

@Ripple69432175: This guy can’t catch a break… Feel for him… Hope he recovers well, and quickly… Such a talent

@matyinger14: Get well soon David. As someone who has fought that illness before, all I can say is that it will be tough but it is very well curable. Be positive and you will be through it

@katiemoody_xx: Would be great if we could do an applause on Saturday in the 7th minute for Brooksy with @BristolCity fans involved too 🍒❤️

@HalTheBlade: Wishing you nothing but the best in your fight David. We are all behind you.

@GuyN72: My thoughts and VERY BEST WISHES are with you & your family, Brooksy. Just focus on that ovation when you’re back in the red & black. We’re rooting for you. #UTCIAD #afcb

@Pr3nno: I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma stage 4 at exactly the same age as you, that was 26 years ago and I’m still trying to kick a ball about. Keep positive David

@lpswanmore: Such a shock David but you can beat it. My son had exactly the same diagnosis 7 years ago and he has run two London Marathons since overcoming the illness. Our thoughts will be with you every step of the way on your road to recovery.

@FatBlerk: all the best Brooksy, the outlook is good and I fully expect to see you return and fulfill your potential. Tough as it is now, the lights at the end of the tunnel are already lit now that you have a diagnosis. All the Cherries are behind you #afcb #utciad

@kcb49: It’s going to be tough David, but I know you can overcome this. My very best wishes for a speedy recovery. All of afcb and the wider football community will support you all the way. Go Brooksy!

@JamesOprad: Absolutely heartbreaking, get well soon brooksy. Look forward to the day you light up the vitality stadium again ❤️

@CraigBeazley85: All the very best Brooksy, you have the whole of the AFC Bournemouth family behind you. You will beat this mate 🍒🍒🍒

@thfc_ishan: All the best with the treatment, hope to see you back on the pitch as soon as possible. ❤️

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