Back to life: Michael Gehret, co-trainer of Altstädter, was suffering from leukemia - football 2

Back to life: Michael Gehret, co-trainer of Altstädter, was suffering from leukemia – football

"At first, it was really shocking, as a young person, you do not think of something like that," recalls Gehret. But he was "unlucky by bad luck," as he says himself. As a civil service provider, Karlburger worked at the University of Würzburg in the field of blood donation and made regular donations. When, over a period of three or four weeks, his scores were not what they should be, a doctor instituted a bone marrow puncture for safety reasons. "I thought about what, actually, it might have been a flu." That was not the case.

"The first week after diagnosis was difficult for me and my environment," recalls Gehret. However, even though the blood donor file was not as large as it is today, there were two suitable donors, one with almost 100% of the characteristics. "It's like winning the lottery!" Five months after the diagnosis in June, the transplant took place. "Everything went well, luckily the disease was detected early, I was young and physically fit with this sport."

But the weeks that followed were still difficult for Gehret. "My parents said that I was crazy when I started jogging.After 100 meters, I had to go back and I only slept two hours." Because his body was "destroyed" by chemotherapy. As a sports therapist, he now gives the advice that it is important to act in the diagnosis of cancer.

Become more relaxed

His life has not changed much since. "I left anyway and drank alcohol, nobody knows where it comes from, a person who lives completely healthy can die at age 50 and a person who smokes all his life at just 85 years old, "says Gehret. Only his point of view is a little different now. "I have done a lot of positive things, and I am now more relaxed in the face of certain situations that have already taken me even further.I just live and maybe enjoy more than just one. or the other. "

Meanwhile, Gehret is considered cured – even though the risk of another cancer is greater in him – and physically, he has long been "the old one". In addition to his family and friends, football has given him a lot of strength. With his club from his hometown, TSV Karlburg, he played at that time "for relatively successful local conditions". During his illness, the team had worked hard and recorded the games on video so that it could be "live".

Striking return

And in the last two games of the 2001/02 season, Gehret was back in the field. "It was moving already, even if it was nothing new." If that had been decided, he would have played sooner. "At the time, I did not understand the coach, but it was probably true." Already in the winter, Gehret had resumed balloon training even though he had a catheter on his body. "I did not care, it was so important for me to do something for my body."

Due to his training in Stuttgart, he was then 28 years old and played football in the upper classes. Initially employed in a health center in Karlstadt, the idea of ​​a sports club for prevention and rehabilitation was born, whose chief executive is Gehret. "In Baden-Württemberg, many clubs have offered and it has developed rapidly in Karlstadt.We now have eight, nine instructors and offer 31 courses per week, involving about 450 people." A full-time employee facilitates Gehret's work in his other activities. In 2011, a circle of friends took over the board of directors of TSV Karlburg. Gehret is since sporting director. At that time, he was also coach of athletics and reeducation at the 1. FC Nuremberg Junior Performance Center. From there, he also knows Bayreuth's current players Patrick Weimar, Tobias Weber and Tim Sulmer.

Common time in Fürth

When the request was received from Timo Rost, SpVgg 's coach, Gehret had to think about it first, then he soon realized that it worked very well in the team. coaches and that he did it well. Both had known each other since their time together at SpVgg Greuther Furth. There, Gehret was in the 2017/18 season as a U16 sports coach at 19, Rost was the coach of the Regionalliga team. Gehret now travels 150 km to Bayreuth once or twice a week. "After Fürth, it was a little shorter, but I'm more relaxed on the A70 than on the A3."

In addition, he now has a little more time for his wife and two children, of which he is particularly proud. "There are already times when we wonder why we always do everything," admits Gehret anyway. "But in Karlburg, I went through all the teams and I was captain, I can evaluate the effort, and my work there is more limited to the transfer phases in summer and winter. it'll be fine for my wife … "Only home-club games can barely follow Gehret.