Ricky Lovelace (30) is looking forward to the birth of his second child after undergoing treatment for testicular cancer at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, for testicular cancer in October.
While his team-mates experienced changing fortunes in three competitions this season, Ricky had a challenge of his own to face with the help of Pilgrim’s knowledgeable and experienced staff.
Ricky said: “I was playing cricket for Woodhall Spa in the Lincolnshire Premier League when a ball hit me in my nether regions.
“I felt a lump and my doctor sent me for an ultrascan towards the end of June which came back before football pre-season training.
“The doctor asked me to come and see him because they had found something and they wanted to do blood tests which came back fine.
“But the doctor told me they would be monitoring things for three months and in September, they rang me after another scan had been done.
“It was at the same time when I was due to play for Holbeach United in a cup game, so they took me into a room and told me they thought it was cancer.”
Ricky was full of praise for the specialist’s early diagnosis of the cancer and despite facing monthly visits to Pilgrim for at least the next 12 months, the future looks bright the goalkeeper.
“It’s been so surreal as my wife is ten weeks’ pregnant and even now, it’s a mental thing more than anything else,” Ricky said.
“But I know people who’ve just put off seeing the doctor so I’d tell anyone that if you’ve got something you’re worried about, get it checked out.”