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Detroit Tigers’ Daniel Norris Announces He has Thyroid Cancer

Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Daniel Norris announced on Instagram and Twitter Monday that he has thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery to remove a tumor now that the Tigers’ season has ended. 

 

Norris, 22, was traded to Detroit for David Price back in July.

“I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people. I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers,” he said in his Instagram post. He also said that playing baseball helped him deal with the diagnosis and that his doctor said it was fine for him to wait until the end of the season to undergo treatment.

Check out his full announcement from Instagram below:

I've been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people. – I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I'm asking for prayers. – A few months ago, after I was optioned to AAA, I found out I had a growth on my thyroid. Flying back & forth from Toronto to Buffalo after pitching to have more and more tests done it was finally concluded that the growth is considered malignant.. Meaning it contained the C word.. cancer. Hearing this was alarming, yea. Weird, yea, that too. I was given the option to shut my year down & get it removed immediately. However, seeing another doctor that determined I could wait until the end of the season reassured my gut feeling. Just Keep Playing. Baseball kept me sane. Regardless of results on the field, I forgot about it when I was between the lines. Afterall, I was just trying to get the heck out of AAA. & I did. I was revived with an opportunity, a blessing from God, with the Tigers back in the Big Leagues. So yea, the power of prayer.. It got me through this season. Now that it's over it's time to get this thing out, so please keep me in your thoughts & prayers as I undergo surgery & come out 100% cancer free! As always,,, #justkeeplivin

A photo posted by Daniel Norris (@danielnorris18) on

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