On Sunday, coach Ron Rivera and his Washington Football Team earned a big win against the Cowboys to stay in the hunt in the NFC East. Then Monday, Rivera took another big step in his fight with cancer: He completed his final chemotherapy treatment.
And in the best news, doctors told Rivera he's responding well to treatment -- “What I’ve been told is, it’s headed in the right direction,” Rivera said.
Rivera announced a diagnosis of squamous cell cancer in August and completed his seven weeks of treatments Monday with a chemotherapy session and a proton treatment. There are still several weeks coming in which he will have to have follow-up evaluations and scans, but he managed to be on the sideline to coach every game for Washington during his treatment.
Rivera was asked last week about what surprised him most amid the treatment.
"There are certain things that pop up all of a sudden, side effects that you have — the fatigue, how tired you get, at times you get nauseous, honestly at times sometimes your equilibrium is messed with, almost a sense of vertigo," he said. "Then the nausea.
"It hits you at any time, anywhere. That really was, but the fatigue and going out to practice and stuff, it limited me and that really bothers me because I can’t really coach the way I coach. That’s hard. But being out there and not being able to just get into it the way I normally would, that was hard for me.”
The fight continues for Rivera, but Monday was a day of celebration.