Mickey Harte has revealed to the press that he underwent a two-year battle with cancer, a battle he managed to win last December.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte gave an incredibly honest interview to The Irish Examiner recently and revealed to them that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in the early months of 2015.
His struggle with his illness only saw him miss out one fixture for his county – their final league game of the campaign that year, a draw with Kerry.
He underwent extensive treatment over the course of the next 30 months to attempt to cure him and remove the cancerous cells.
Speaking recently, Harte explained the close-call that he managed to overcome.
“ was a tough year, that year. A very tough year. Thanks be to God it got discovered in time and I got it removed.
“Then I got treatment, like chemotherapy, only it was directly into my bladder, it didn’t go through the whole body. But then it wasn’t working the first time around. And then it didn’t work the second time around.
“I remember being up in Belfast and them telling me there’s a 66% chance of it working the first or second time but after that it goes down to 18%.Thanks be to God though, that third time, it worked.
“So I didn’t have to get the whole bladder out and get a reconstruction done. If I had to get it done, I’d have been out for two or three months and it would have been the end of my football career, no doubt, so I have so much to be grateful for.”
After getting the all-clear in December of 2017, Harte has been able to bounce back from this scare by leading his Tyrone side to within touching distance of the Sam Maguire – their first crack at the trophy in ten years.
Harte has, of course, won it outright on three different occasions in the three attempts he has had and all things considered, you’d have to feel as though winning it this year would have an added level of significance.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena