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Thompson grateful for support

8 January 2014

Joe Thompson has thanked Tranmere fans for their support in his first public interview since being diagnosed with cancer.

On November 1, Sky Bet League One club Rovers revealed 24-year-old winger Thompson had contracted Hodgkin's lymphoma and would undergo six months of chemotherapy.

Team-mates past and present as well as supporters immediately offered their support to Thompson, who was so overwhelmed by the response that he set up a Twitter account.

And, speaking to Tranmere's official website this week, Thompson revealed that reading the messages on there had provided the him with comfort in his darkest hours.

"All I can say is thank you very, very much, it's all appreciated and I really am grateful," said the ex-Rochdale player.

"It's touching and it is helping. I'm going to have down days and I'd like to think there's going to be more ups and downs. But when I flick through my phone and go on Twitter it really is nice to see (all the messages of support)."

Thompson was in good spirits after returning to Tranmere's training facility to take part in light training for the first time since November.

"I'm not too bad, I have my ups and downs but I'm feeling OK," he added.

"I have chemotherapy every two weeks, so every other Monday, and usually I'm quite sick in the evening. The next three of four days are a bit rough but after that I pick up and come the second week I'm OK."

Footballers and fans have now launched a 'Grow 4 Joe' initiative where they will go without a haircut for 12 months in support of Thompson.

The winger himself admits he is still very much focused on the battle ahead.

He continued: "Before it became public I'd known for a few weeks and you just have a lot of time to think.

"You're thinking about all possibilities and what happens then. Until it's happened to you, you can't really explain it.

"Once you get over the fact you're going to be in a bit of a fight for however many months you get your head right and think, right, this is what I need to do and this is where I need to be.

"You have your ups and downs and it's going to be hard but fingers crossed hopefully I'll be OK."

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