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Being a professional footballer comes with its own pressure. Players are idolised and loathed by teams and opponents probably in equal measures. It is always good when you see someone using their power and influence to tell a story that will affect people regardless of their team.
Jonathan Walters plays football for Burnley. He lost his mother to Bowel cancer when she was only 40, not much older than he is now. Due to her diagnosis Walters has had to have different tests done to check on his own state of health and to ensure that he is clear of the cancer that so cruelly took the life of his mother.
Walters appeared on BBC breakfast last week and he was telling the presenters that he wanted to raise awareness of the disease and how as a footballer he has a huge media platform and with this in mind he wanted to use this base to be able to make people aware of the disease and what to look for and also what the tests entailed.
What struck us during the interview was the sense of humour that he has and though talking about something so serious he still managed to keep that humour even through procedures that would otherwise possibly be scary to those undertaking them. He wanted to put a funny slant onto the procedure and by doing this he has managed to keep everything light hearted and hopefully it will encourage other people to have these tests done.
We are sure that by these series of tweets and the interview that for many people knowing that a professional footballer has had the tests and spoken out that it will encourage people to do the same. Walters has said that despite the humour he has used if people have any symptoms associated with Bowel Cancer to go and get them checked out. With early diagnosis so many people are recovering.
Bottoms, bums and toilet humour are always a bit embarrassing and the subject of much taboo but by bringing this to the forefront Jonathan Walters has gone a long way to bringing awareness to people and for that he should be given credit. It can’t have been easy to lose his mother at such a young age and to turn his negative into what could be a positive for so many people. Here at Banana Crumble we salute you!!!
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