Daniel Jacobs: How my coach brought me back after I lost it all to cancer
December 8, 2016
For WBA world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, the world turned upside down in 2011. While he was visiting US troops in Iraq he began experiencing weakness in his legs. His first thought was he needed to amp-up his workouts.
But when weakness turned into pain, he made an appointment with his doctor, believing he had a pinched nerve. An MRI exposed something much more severe -- there was a tumor on Jacobs' spine. Doctors diagnosed him with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
According to Jacobs, the tumor "chipped" his spine and ultimately left him partially paralyzed from the waist down.
"I couldn't walk for a good month and a half," the boxer recalls. "It was a very hard time in my life."
He felt as if "he lost it all."
"Slowly but surely I saw a lot of people exit my inner circle," Jacobs recalls.
But as others began to walk away, his trainer Andre Rozier, remained in his corner.
"It was a very, very scary moment in our lives," Rozier says. CNN
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