Pat Flaherty said he's never felt better. That's very unusual coming from someone who had just finished a round of chemotherapy treatments.
Flaherty's doctor was even surprised with how well New York's offensive line coach looked.
"I feel as good as I've ever felt," Flaherty told a group of reporters outside the U-Albany dining hall Thursday afternoon. "The treatments began the beginning of June and continued through July 6. There were ups and downs, but it didn't knock me down as much as we thought it might. The doctor thought I withstood the therapy very well."
In early June Flaherty, on an urging from New York trainer Ronnie Barnes, took a physical. It revealed he had colon cancer, which had already reached stage two.
Next up for Flaherty is surgery in mid-August that could leave him laid up anywhere "between 10 days and a month," according to the Giants line boss.
However, he said he plans to return to coaching by the beginning of the season, which kicks off in Philadelphia on Sept. 12.
"That's why I'm (going to have the surgery) as soon as I can," he said.
A silver lining Flaherty experienced from this unpleasant situation was the outpouring of cards, phone calls and well wishes from Giants fans and folks around the league. He wished to thank everyone for their support, but was somewhat uncomfortable as the center of attention.
"I'm not used to people making a big deal out of me," he said. "I don't want the players' attention on me. They asked what they could do for me and I told them to spend all their time and energy on getting better. Them getting as good as they can be will make me feel better."
"Don't feel sorry for me; I've been blessed," continued Flaherty, whose only previous surgery was a minor thumb procedure he underwent while in college. "I feel we're on the right track in beating this thing. I feel good about it. We're going to get it done."
OL coach feels great about bout with cancer
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