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BALA TOWN’S Danny Gosset says he’s ‘grateful’ to be cancer free – just a year on from him being sat in hospital receiving chemotherapy.
The 26-year-old was diagnosed with B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on August 16, 2019 after initially suffering from a dull ache in his hip.
The midfielder is a well-known and well-respected figure on the Welsh footballing scene, having turned out for Rhyl, The New Saints and Bangor City over the years. He also played in the English Football League for Oldham Athletic and he has represented the Wales C team.
Gosset, who is from Y Felinheli near Bangor, signed for Bala in August 2018 and became an influential part of the Lakesiders’ team before his diagnosis came a year later.
On January 28 this year, Gosset who is from Y Felinheli in Gwynedd, announced that he was in “complete remission”. In March, he travelled to the Christie Hospital, Manchester, alongside mum Yvonne to signal the end of his chemotherapy treatment by ringing the bell.
He then penned a new deal with Bala in June, keeping him at Maes Tegid for the 2020/21 season, although he is yet to make a return to the pitch.
Taking to Instagram earlier today, Gosset reflected on how far he’s come in the space of a year during his battle with cancer.
He wrote: “This time last year I was sat in a hospital bed receiving a gruelling chemotherapy treatment for Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with my life on hold. A year on I can’t put into words how grateful I am today to be cancer free.
“It wasn’t easy, there was some tough days but I have so many people to thank for the support and the positivity that surrounded me, they all know who they are. To anyone who is reading this and is experiencing something similar or facing any type of adversity, your mind is so your strongest asset and it is so important to overcoming any type of adversity.
“I can’t stress how important staying positive, being strong and talking to someone or having a support network is. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how hard it may seem at any given moment.
“Count your blessings. This Christmas forget about the presents, focus on being present and cherishing every single second with your loved ones. If your healthy, have food to eat, water to drink and have your family around you’re truly blessed.”
In June of this year, the break in Gosset’s femur had completely healed and he was given the go-ahead to restart training as a result. Despite not playing for Bala yet this season, Gosset has continued to train with the first team which has seen eight new players arrive at the club during a busy summer at Maes Tegid.
Long-serving Bala Town manager Colin Caton says Gosset’s ‘strength and belief’ during his fight against cancer helped carry the club to a third-placed finish in the JD Cymru Premier last season and described his contract renewal as ‘like having a new signing’.
The Lakesiders currently sit in third in the table once more behind league-leaders TNS and last season’s champions Connah’s Quay Nomads.