Coleman Determined To Live Out His Dream

Signee Shon Coleman talks about beating his cancer and his plans to be in Auburn in January.

Auburn, Ala.--It has been a long and difficult year for Auburn signee Shon Coleman. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblast leukemia in March, the Olive Branch (Miss.) standout has been in a fight since that time to beat the cancer and get back on the football field. Taking trips to Auburn the last two weekends to see the Tigers play and be around his coaches, teammates, and Auburn Family, Coleman said he feels like he's on the downhill side of things now and is ready to get his future started.

"It has already been beaten," Coleman said. "That's what a lot of people don't know. I got cleared in March but I'm still going through treatments to make sure it doesn't come back.

"My progress is going way better than they thought it would," he added. "I got cured in two weeks. You don't see that from a regular cancer patient every day. I have started back working out and getting ready for January."

In the Third Phase of his treatments for the cancer, Coleman said at the moment he's getting one chemotherapy treatment a week and he could continue to be on the watch list for up to two years. Because of that he said he plans to be in Auburn soon but will still have to work out some of the plans to help him continue to heal.

"In January, next semester," Coleman said of when he plans to be in Auburn. "They are pretty much just setting everything up, contacting the hospital and everything. They are doing all that."

Whether or not Coleman plays football is still up in the air. That's something that will have to be approved by the doctors. It could be as soon as spring practice but more than likely it will be down the road sometime. In the meantime Coleman said he'll just enjoy finally being in Auburn and a part of something bigger.

"We still need to talk to the doctors about that," Coleman said. "We haven't gotten everything and every aspect of the situation covered. We're still getting information on that.

"It's really important ," he added of just getting to Auburn. "Just coming to school and getting an education is a big thing in my life. I've always wanted to do that. Just going to college is going to be a big thing for me."

Fighting a battle for his young life, Coleman has been forced to become all too familiar with medical terms and cancer treatments instead of learning offensive plays and taking freshman English. Because of that the last two weekends have been especially important to give him a sense of normalcy if only for a few hours each weekend.

"It has meant a lot seeing all my teammates and the AU Family and coaches and everything," Coleman said. "It has meant a lot to me. They have still showed me love even though I'm back at home and everything. When I got back down here they were showing love like I was actually here. Everything is good.

"They show me a lot of love," he added. "It's just a place where I can come down and people want to see what's going on with me. They're just showing some love and being fans."

Without school and football to occupy his time at the moment, Coleman said only having treatments one day a week leaves him plenty of free time. He's chosen to work on his body to be as strong as possible to fight off cancer while also getting ready for football one day in the future.

"I'm just working out," Coleman said. "That's basically my job is working out and maintaining shape and everything. It's really my job right now. I'm still 6-7 and around 280 or so. I haven't really lost weight. The most I've ever weighed is 290 so I've slimmed down some. I'll get it back up."


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