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April 1, 2011
A year ago, then Auburn offensive line signee Shon Coleman was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He's been battling the cancer since and is now in his final phase of chemotherapy. AuburnSports.com sat down with Coleman to talk about his recovery and his plans or the future.
How are you doing health-wise?
What has it been like...have the coaches embraced you and welcomed you to Auburn...what has the feeling been like since you have been at Auburn?
"A lot of people have been behind me supporting me. They care about what is going on with me and I appreciate everybody that is supporting me."
Are you to the point in your recovery now where you can start looking towards the future more?
"I know I will be ready next year just to get back in it. I've been waiting for a long time so I'm motivated in what I do to get back to where I was."
You are in Phase Three, the final phase, of chemotherapy. What does that include?
"When I first found out (I had ALL), I really didn't take it as a big thing because I didn't know anything about it. My doctors told me that I was going to have to postpone football for a while, but I wasn't upset or anything. It was just another challenge that I had to overcome. I was okay with postponing football so I could get back healthy."
You will sit out the 2011 season, continue working out, getting to know the offense, and next year in 2012 you will start putting the pads on, lasing up the cleats...