MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst has told his teams over the last 30 years to toughen up when the going gets tough.
The coach says he had to toughen it up while undergoing treatment for throat cancer this spring.
Although not 100 percent, Propst is cancer free, back on the job and ready to start the season.
Rush Propst said. "It is good to be back. I am not going to tell you that.. The alternative is. It beats the alternative.
Colquitt County head football coach Rush Propst has been back on the job for almost a month since he was diagnosed with throat cancer back in January.
Propst "when the first phone call came in that I possibly had cancer. It scared me.
Propst headed to Birmingham where he underwent at least four operations and six weeks of radiation treatments.
The good news from his checkup last week is the cancer is gone.
Propst "UAB feels like they got every bit of it. The surgeon thinks it. The radiation oncologist thinks it. Right now the deemed me cancer free.
Propst is cancer free but he will need about a year to recover from the treatment.
He has lost almost 50 pounds, has trouble eating solid foods and he still tires very easily.
Propst's doctors says is healthy enough to coach this season.
Propst "I asked him last week can I coach like you know I need to coach? And he said Rush absolutely you are ready to go.
The coach is ready to go when practice starts in two weeks but he says when walking the sidelines this fall he will remember how lucky he is to be there.
Propst "I think you will see a different perspective of me on the sideline. I think when you have this kind of scare it does change you. There is no doubt.
Propst also wants to thank the support from the community during his treatments. He says the community, his family and his faith have pulled him through this difficult time.
Propst will return for a checkup during an open week in September and has another checkup in December.
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