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April 25, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Michell is healthy spirit for Bulldogs

Senior diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December


NEW ALBANY — QUESTION: How’s your season going for you personally?

MICHELL: “It’s going a lot better than I thought it would be. I’m just going to keep pushing through it. I’m glad I can actually play. I didn’t think I was going to be able to. It’s going as good as it can go.”

Q: At the time you found out about your latest medical issue, you didn’t think you were going to be able to play softball your senior year, correct?

MICHELL: “That was one of the things that upset me the most. I was [worried] I wasn’t going to be able to play softball and it’s my senior year. That was one thing I wanted to do, to finish it out. I was afraid I wasn’t going to get to play my senior season after playing since I was little. That would have been tough. I’ve pushed through it and it’s been easy with my teammates supporting me.”

Q: Tell me about Crohn’s. How does that affect you?

MICHELL: “At first, it made me really sick, but it’s gotten easier to handle. It just takes a lot to get through it.”

Q: So that’s something that stays with you?

MICHELL: “Yeah, I’ll have it the rest of my life. I actually had surgery on it and that’s when they found the cancer over Christmas. It’s been gone awhile, but it’s not something that’s not going to come back.”

Q: What was your first reaction when you were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s?

MICHELL: “I couldn’t really do anything but sit there and stare when I found out. I was in so much shock. There was a lot of tears with it. But with the support of my family and friends, it made it easier to relax and realize everything was going to be OK. It’s a small part in my life that I’m going to have to get through. It can be worked through and it will be over with soon.”

Q: So you’re expecting a full recovery?

MICHELL: “Oh yeah. They say it’s 99 percent rate that it’s going to be gone.”

Q: What’s the next step in the process?

MICHELL: “I get chemo every two weeks. I have to do that for four months, I think. If it’s gone, I have to do two more months and that will be the end of it.”

Q: How has it affected you as far as softball?

MICHELL: “At first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back as strong as I was before. It did take a lot of time, but I think I’m getting back. It slowed me down at first, but I think I’m getting through it. It seems to be getting a lot better.”

Q: Has spending time on the junior varsity been good for you?

MICHELL: “Yeah, I think it’s a good thing because ... I’m mean, yes, I’d like to be playing on the varsity. But if I’m not at my best yet, I don’t want to be hurting them. I would hate to cause [a loss] and know that it was because I wasn’t ready yet. I’d rather be comfortable and play with the junior varsity and get ready to play varsity.”

Q: By sectional time, do you hope to be a full contributor?

MICHELL: “Yeah, I hope so.”

Q: What are your feelings about the purple and green day in support of you?

MICHELL: “People go through stuff and knowing that everyone supports me, it actually means a lot. I’m glad to be a part of it, knowing that they’re doing this for me. It means so much for me. It’s overwhelming, but I’m glad I have the support I do.”

Q: How good can you guys be? How much can you accomplish as a team?

MICHELL: “When we have our heads together, we’re a pretty strong team. I think we can accomplish a lot.”

Q: Floyd Central beat you 2-1 this season. Is that a team you’re capable of beating in the tournament?

MICHELL: “Both teams put up a battle that game. It was one home run [that Floyd’s Taylor Batliner hit] that we couldn’t come back from. When conference and sectional comes around, I think we can win it.”

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