Unfortunately, there’s sobering news coming out of Norman as a member of the Oklahoma football program is now facing a very significant and serious health issue.
As he acknowledged on his Twitter account Monday, and subsequently confirmed by SoonerScoop.com, Oklahoma center Austin Woods has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The website reported that Woods began chemotherapy yesterday, while the offensive lineman said he was diagnosed with Stage 3 of the disease last Thursday.
CancerResearchUK.org briefly outlines the various stages of the disease:
- Stage 1 means there is Hodgkin’s lymphoma in only 1 group of lymph nodes or lymphoma in 1 body organ only
- Stage 2 means Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2 or more groups of lymph nodes or an organ and 1 or more group of lymph nodes. In both cases, the 2 sites of lymphoma must be on the same side of the diaphragm
- Stage 3 means Hodgkin’s lymphoma on both sides of the diaphragm
- Stage 4 means that many groups of lymph nodes contain Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it has spread to body organs such as the liver, bones or lungs
In a tweet posted to his account very early this morning, Woods wrote simply, “Strong and positive attitude.” That tweet came after he had written “Fighters mentality. Round 1…” earlier in the day Monday, presumably prior to the initial round of chemotherapy.
The Sooners have yet to address Woods’ health situation or what the long-term prognosis is for the junior, although that could happen as early as today.
According to the school’s official website, Woods was the starting deep snapper on place kicks and also saw action on the offensive line in four games. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Woods as he battles this insidious disease.