If you or someone you know has ever battled cancer, then you know the emotional roller coaster it is. And for every doctor you see, the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment can be different. NASCAR team owner Robert Yates just experienced that scenario, and the differences were extreme.
According to NBC Sports, Robert visited a doctor last week who told him to prepare for hospice. “You’re done in four weeks,” the doctor reportedly said. Yet just hours later, another doctor said that the dismal prognosis he had just been given was incorrect.
“I need both doctors, but I need cheerleaders, too,” Robert said.
The 74-year-old was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2016 and has undergone chemotherapy along with experimental treatments. He has lost weight, but has remained active. And, as NBC says, he also has remained “feisty.”
Heck yes, he has! He says that he told the doctor who suggested hospice, “You told me 10 times about hospice … I know exactly who they are and what they do. Do not talk to me about hospice anymore.’’
Talk about a fighting spirit!
Robert seems to take a good ol’ country approach to getting himself healthy. He says, “If I get up and get out of the house and go to the farm and get on a tractor, or lawnmower or bulldozer or something, I can stay on that all day long,’’ Yates said. “Sitting on it, pushing dirt and trees, I love it. I go home that night and sleep better. Sitting in a chair promotes sitting in a chair. I sat in the chair too much last week.”
Look for Danica Patrick to honor the future Hall-of-Famer with a special paint job for the race in Darlington the first weekend in September.
We’re cheering for ya, Robert!