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Chris Mortensen’s Cancer Battle

this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; The longtime ESPN NFL reporter describes his grueling fight with throat cancer, where his health stands now, and what he has learned through the process: “Don’t let the moment pass you by” Though he is clear of the original cancer ...

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Old 11-13-2017, 09:37 PM   #1
 
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Chris Mortensen’s Cancer Battle

The longtime ESPN NFL reporter describes his grueling fight with throat cancer, where his health stands now, and what he has learned through the process: “Don’t let the moment pass you by”
Though he is clear of the original cancer in his throat, it has metastasized to his lungs, and he receives regular treatment to keep that at bay
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“What,” Chris Mortensen is asked, “was a dark moment for you?”

He might have said it was when a doctor told him, matter-of-factly, in January 2016 that he suspected Mortensen had the most severe and advanced form of malignant throat cancer. Not good for anybody; especially bad for someone whose voice is his living. He might have said when he told his wife, Micki, the diagnosis, and she crumpled to their floor, sobbing, and then ran outside screaming, “Oh God! Oh God!”

But there was something worse. It was about seven months into Mortensen’s treatment, when he wanted to be euphoric, because the last of 35 debilitating radiation treatments, designed to burn away the tumor in his throat, was over. Now maybe he’d finally start the feel like the old Mort, life-of-the-party Mort, needling-Chris Berman-on-the-set-of-“Sunday Countdown” Mort.

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Old 11-13-2017, 11:52 PM   #2
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Re: Chris Mortensen’s Cancer Battle

Pulling for Mort. Liked his work on ESPN and he always seemed like a real straight shooter to me. I hope he perseveres.
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