Jonas Gutierrez has been interviewed on nufcTV today, for his first interview since coming back to Newcastle, after successfully fighting testicular cancer.
Jonas Gutierrez – Newcastle winger
Here is the full transcript we have made of Jonas Gutierrez interview with nufcTV – for those who don’t have a subscription:
“I’m really happy to be back, it was a hard year for me but now, more importantly, I’ve been involved again with the team and training. I’m really enjoying all the days back in Newcastle.”
“It was like (a year) last October when I found out, and I had to do the chemotherapy in July of this year, and so it was one year ago – so it was hard but I always think to beat the cancer – to always I was looking forward – so yes – I am proud to be back and with the lads.”
“I have the news that I had cancer – the only thing I was thinking about was how to beat it, you know, to win the game, I always think to leave it in the hands of the doctors, and to do what they tell me to do – to come back as quickly and as soon as possible.”
“So I was always like that – I never got frustrated or asked why this happened to me – no – life is life – it’s not easy for anybody, but that’s the test that life put to me – I go forward and this was really the biggest deal.”
“No, It wasn’t difficult not to tell people, since I start with the chemotherapy, I started to lose my hair and growing like fat because of the medicines, , so after that, and then I preferred to tell people what was going on – everybody knew – and then I didn’t have to explain what was going on.”
“It was amazing to receive that kind of support from all the fans, I have to say thank you, because they gave me the power and the strength to go through the cancer, and it made me really really happy to have those messages.”
“All the messages from Newcastle fans, Velez Sarsfield, Mallorca, National team – all the clubs I had been playing – and they gave me all the messages – people that I don’t know – all the players I had played against – so it was really amazing to have that support – I had really good relationships – so it was amazing to have that kind of support and it give me all the power.”
“I think when you do the right things in your life in different situations, that things come back – no – I always have a good relationship with my teammates, the players I played against – all the players sent me messages – that was very important.”
“I spoke to Colo about that (applause in 18th minute of games) – I was at home – yes – it was amazing to receive that kind of support from the Newcastle fans and they were singing my song – so yes I’m really proud about all those type of messages, and the only thing I can say is thank you – thank you for the support they have given me – it was really important .and I am never going to forget that.”
“Colo has been a really big help – he is like part of my family, we have spent a lot of time in Newcastle together – so he always knew about my situation, and he gave me a lot of support – it’s something very special that we have with Fabricio and our families – we are really close friends – and what I tell you before – he is part of my family.”
“I am feeling good and happy and enjoy every day in training and I am just looking forward, you never know what will happen in football, and it’s important for now to be back and try to get fit and to be ready if I have any chance, but the only thing that I can do is to do my best.”
“Yes of course it makes you stronger, and it makes you think that when you have a problem like a cancer or a health problem then other problems are really really small – so the most important thing is to win the game, to win that battle that was really hard – and now I try to do my best.”
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but the only thing I can do now is to do my best.”
When you “beat” cancer the one thing that you are always made aware of, is that the cancer can always come back – basically at any time – so you live for the moment.
We wish Jonas Gutierrez the very best in the future, and we also hope he can come back and play for the Newcastle first team again.
That would be simply terrific.
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