PGA TOUR Member Jarrod Lyle is in Australia as he is battling leukemia for the second time in his life. Following the remission of his cancer, he is currently preparing for a bone marrow transplant. It is a difficult time in his life but he is happy to have received the news of the remission from his doctors. He received the news while he was at the hospital learning more details of the bone marrow transplant and what he can expect during the treatment. As a cancer patient, remission is about the best word you can possibly hear. He is hoping to go into treatment soon and hopefully after 18 months to 2 years he will be able to begin the rehabilitation process and return to a normal life.
His daughter Lusi Joy was born on March 10th and Jarrod said that she already has him wrapped around her finger. She is a bundle of joy and just looking at her gives him the strength to continue. He has only spent a short amount of time with his new daughter but he has cherished every moment. Lusi Joy is a perfect little angel.
The support from his fellow professional golfers has meant a great deal to him. One of the best things about professional golf is that when someone needs help and/or prayers, everyone comes together to help. He is very humbled to receive the support that he has from his fellow pros. You spend so much time on tour trying to beat them on the course but in reality, it is like a family out there because everyone spends so much time together.
Lyle would like nothing more to be able to come back over to the PGA TOUR so he can thank everyone personally for their support. He does not know when that time will be because the doctors have been unable to put a timeframe on the treatment and when he will be able to travel again. There are a lot of things that can happen when you undergo a transplant including having the bone marrow be rejected by the body. At the same time, it may work the first time and the treatment can continue. He does not know if he will pursue a career in golf again because he will need time after recovering just to rebuild his strength and rebuild his game. When he did the interview, it was 9:45PM in Australia and Lyle said that this was the first time in a long time that he had even seen 9:45PM.