Austin Woods finishes chemotherapy
OU backup center Austin Woods is through chemo.
OU backup center Austin Woods is through chemo.
SoonersIllustrated.com Publisher
Posted Oct 3, 2012
Joey Helmer


NORMAN, Okla. — Sooner backup center Austin Woods finally got the fortune he’s been waiting for since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in early May: chemotherapy is over.

OK, so maybe he got the fortune he's been waiting for since July 1--it read 'Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you,' on his fortune cookie--and he just got his wish from back in May when he first learned the not-so-good news.

Regardless, Woods has worked through it.

“Oh it’s very great,” Woods said. “I’m just really thankful that I got through it and I’m really happy that I made it through and not too many setbacks along the way and just really glad to be done with it.”

He’s been getting treatments every two weeks since the diagnosis, and he’s managed to stay on track throughout.

Woods never missed a practice when he wasn’t receiving chemo.

That inspired teammates during fall camp in the dog days of summer.

Center Gabe Ikard joked early in the season that he was “just playing a couple downs with cancer.”

But teammates and others have been equally inspiring to him.

“Yeah, it’s been great,” Woods said. “All the fans tweeting me and everything all my teammates, it’s just been really great. It wouldn’t have been as easy if I didn’t have all the support and that’s what really helped me get through this.”

The 6-foot-4, 273-pound junior still has another scan in three weeks, at which point the doctors will tell him if he’s in remission or not.

Then, after waiting on the results, he’ll possibly have an opportunity to get the port out of his chest.

Until then, it’s about getting back to normal and going about his every day business, which includes working out again on the practice field.

That shouldn’t be too much of a problem, though, considering he’s been able to do it all along despite battling fatigue.

“I’m a little more tired than usual, but I don’t know if that’s from working out or going to class or the treatments,” Woods said. “So, I don’t know. I’m a little tired, more tired than usual I guess but not too bad.”

He’ll certainly take that over the alternative.

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