He was just 18-years-old when he received the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Max Taylor, now a cancer survivor at the age of 19, prepares to possibly debut on the football field with Manchester United for the Europa League matchup against Astana in Kazakhstan, today.
Taylor, a defender with Manchester since 2014, was forced to halt his sporting career, dropping it all to instead undergo surgery and chemotherapy. “I always had a mindset that there’s no way I’m not going to be alive after this,” he said in an interview with the Irish Times. Max had signed professional terms with Old Trafford in January 2018, however, in August his world flipped when he received some life-changing news. He had found out that a cyst on his testicle had returned bigger. Taylor explained that the cancer had been inside the testicle. Doctors removed the left testicle on October 4th and a biopsy showed it to be the primary cancer, however, a CT scan showed it had spread through the abdomen and had started to attack his lungs.
Taylor said the treatment was intense. He highlighted a nine-week course of chemotherapy, with one day involving as much as eight hours of chemo and four hours of hydration. It also wasn’t the end of surgery. More procedures were required to remove swollen lymph nodes. Fast forward to May 2019 and Max Taylor was given the all-clear to return to the football field. He said the road to fitness was slower and more difficult than even he expected.
A cancer survivor and determined sport enthusiast, the young footballer has a message for anyone who’s going through any circumstance in life. “It is possible to get back to wherever you want to go.”
Taylor says while the cancer is something that he’s been through, it’s not what he wants people to remember him for. “The cancer is something that has happened, but it’s not going to be what people remember me for. I want to be someone who people look up to in terms of raising money and helping others.”