We think of these athletes as invincible figures. In reality, they are human beings just like the rest of us, simply blessed with an ability to throw a ball really fast.
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia, “a cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system.” To get this news, at age 32, is tragic…
Carrasco had to leave the team in late-May after an abnormal blood test. He was 4-6 in 12 starts with a 4.98 ERA and 79 strikeouts. However, his most wins came in 2017 when he finished the year with 18 total.
Statistics seem small when cancer is involved…
I have an illness myself. While it is not cancer, it hasn’t been easy for me at all. Thus, I have some advice for Carlos, someone I have admired for many years as a fan of the Tribe.
The first thing to remember is that there are people out there that love you. I think this is the most important part of recovery. For you, complete strangers have a love for your ability on the mound as a pitcher. That is pretty cool…
Unfortunately, there are going to be days where you want nothing more than to die. Being sick is extremely difficult and staying strong is even harder. However, getting through those tough times will make you a better person in the long run.
I think you will realize the fragility of life and how it doesn’t matter too much if you give up a home run here or there. I, personally, have lost that “all or nothing” feeling when it comes to the Cleveland teams that I had before my illness.
Accept the support of family, friends, the Indians organization and fans. Everyone wants to see you better, back on the mound, but most importantly a healthy and happy person.
I will keep you in my prayers along with so many others. I wish you the best of luck, Carlos.