Jarrod Lyle successfully beat leukemia after a nine-month battle as a 17-year-old, but now he faces the cancer for a second time as a husband and a new father.
“I'm ready to fight, and I've got a lot to fight for these days,” Lyle said in an interview with SEN Radio in Australia.
Lyle’s wife, Brioni, had the couple’s first child, daughter Lusi, the week before he went to Melbourne to start treatment. Having seen his wife and daughter for just 12 hours since Lusi's birth, he is now through the first round of chemotherapy.
“In a way, I was lucky to be at the birth – to experience that and to be there. I don't know if I helped out or was a hindrance or what, but it was great to be there to hold her, to bathe her, to change her first nappy (dirty diaper),” he said.
Lyle pulled out of the Mayakoba Classic three weeks ago when he had a poor reaction to an antibiotic for a bug bite. Once he returned home, Lyle had blood work done to learn more about the problem. Three hours later, Lyle was told he would be fighting the same battle he did as a teenager.
Lyle’s immune system has been significantly weakened by the chemotherapy, but the golfer has come out of the first round better than anticipated.
“I handled (the first round) pretty well. The doctors were shocked I handled it as well as I did. That's a good sign that I've got a lot of fight in me, in this active body of mine,” he said.
The outpouring of support for Lyle in the golf community has been overwhelming – receiving phone calls and text messages from players he barely knows.
“The Tour has been very, very supportive. Everyone is there to beat each other's brains out every week, but we also come together like a big family,” he said.
Confident about his fight, Lyle hopes to get started on being a father and get back to work soon.
“I'm going to get through this and, hopefully one day, get out and play golf again,” he said.