MONTREAL – TO 24-years-old, it still feels all the invincibility of youth. This is why Quebec’s Maxence Parrot has candidly asked his doctors if the treatment for the Hodgkin lymphoma that fight could wait until after the X Games, which will take place from 24 to 27 January.
When they have answered a cancer that is not treated is a cancer that kills us, silver medalist in slopestyle last winter olympic Games, has quickly changed his mind and requested to initiate, as soon as 12 chemotherapy treatments which it must undergo in the course of the next six months.
“This will be my competition this year,” said Parrot on Thursday about these treatments, who has decided to draw a line under his season 2018-19.
A lump in the neck felt in November, when he was in Europe, prompted the Parrot to consult his or her doctor. We immediately did a biopsy. On 21 December, the verdict is in: classic Hodgkin lymphoma stage IIA, or stage early.
“It has not been a new easy-to-digest, both for my family and for myself,” he admitted. But after a few weeks, I feel comfortable to talk to you. (…) I’m going to remain as positive as possible over the next few months. Theoretically, if all goes well, I should finish chemo in June.
“But it’s scary, I do not you hide not.”
Accompanied by his wife, Alysson Gendron-Gallant, and her sports psychologist, Jean-François Ménard, Parrot, five-times champion of the X Games in slopestyle and big air, yet seemed very quiet.
“The cancer was detected very early and it is one of the cancers with the highest cure rate, he explained. I am so confident.”
Just as his doctors and his entourage.
“The morale is good and I’m taking one day at a time, has added the Parrot, which has undergone a first chemotherapy treatment last Thursday. I have spent a good Holiday season surrounded by my family. I wanted to do it.”
“We’re putting all the chances on our side, said his wife. Whether at the level of the nutrition, physical activity, or even with ‘JF’, with which we work a lot on the mental aspect.”
“I know Maxence for almost four years now. This is a guy who is resilient and who is very brave, ” noted Menard. It takes a psychological force special for doing what he is doing weekend after weekend. I have extremely confidence that he has the mental skills to make it through. (…) He said that he has fear: sometimes fear can help us achieve great things. He also had fear before the Games.”
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a relatively rare cancer, according to Lymphoma Canada. In general, it represents about 0.5% of cancers and 15 percent of all lymphomas diagnosed. Each year in Canada, are being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in approximately 900 people.