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Sheedy Back At Finch Farm

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Kevin Sheedy is eager to put his 'torrid' cancer fight behind him as he returns to Everton coaching duties.
 
Sheedy, the Blues' Under-18s coach is back at Finch Farm this week as he steps up his recovery from bowel cancer.
 
Earlier this season he successfully underwent surgery after being diagnosed with the disease in August.
 
The 52-year-old Blues legend declared that the support he has received from Blues fans throughout his ordeal had significantly aided his recovery.
 
He told evertontv: "I started back on Monday and I am just easing way back in to it, assisting Duncan and sharing the workload. He has been helping me out. It's great to be back, it's like I'm starting again at a new club.
 
"I had what I had and I've overcome it and I am just really looking forward to being back where I love being and coaching the players.
 
"It has been a bit of a torrid time. It's a bit surreal - it happened so quickly, I had the operation quickly and I've recovered quickly. It just seems as if it hasn't happened. Obviously it did happen, I was very, very fortunate and managed to catch it early enough and I was in excellent hands with the surgeon and all the staff. I am a really lucky lad."
 
Messages in their thousands poured in for Sheedy when it was confirmed in August that he required surgery. And there was a particularly memorable moment during the game at Aston Villa shortly after the news was revealed when fans sung the former midfielder's name.

Kevin Sheedy, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp and Trevor Steven celebrate Everton's European Cup Winners' Cup triumph in 1985.
 
Sheedy continued: "The support I have had has been fantastic. It was a real boost for me knowing all these people were rooting for me, football people and non-football people. All the letters and messages I had was unbelievable.
 
"It would be impossible to reply to all of them, so a massive thank you to everyone. Every single letter I had raised my spirits, and messages from people who have been in similar situations and survived really, really helped me.
 
"I was told about the fans chanting at Aston Villa - massive thanks to all those supporters. It is nice to be remembered and it's nice I was in their thoughts. It was another massive contribution to getting through it."
 
Throughout this experience Sheedy has emphasised the importance of his early diagnosis and he revealed his surprise that people remain unaware of some of the early symptoms of bowel cancer.
 
"I can't reiterate enough - the earlier you get checked out, the better chance of being saved," he declared.
 
"It is unbelievable the amount of people who have spoken to me and asked what the early symptoms were, there have been four or five people who I have spoken to who went to their GPs as a result of speaking to me."
 
Now, with this unpleasant episode nearing its end, Sheedy is taking simple delight in returning to coaching.
 
"I am just happy to be out in the fresh air," he said. "Doing what I love doing and being at the club I love being at."

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