Just eight months removed from a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, Eric Berry was back on the field Wednesday at Missouri Western State University for the Chiefs for the first day that rookies, quarterbacks and players recovering from injuries reported to camp.
Here is a timeline of Berry’s diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and how he got back onto the field.
Nov. 24: Chiefs’ head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder announces that Berry has a mass on the right side of his chest. Although no definitive diagnosis is made, it seems likely that Berry has cancer.
Nov. 26: Berry enters the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in his hometown of Atlanta under the direction of renowned oncologist Christopher Flowers.
Dec. 10 to May 13: Berry undergoes six rounds of chemotherapy, with treatments about every two weeks for six months. Berry chose an unconventional method of chemotherapy so he could to work out in between treatments. He gained 1 pound by the end of chemo.
June 22: After a series of PET tests, Berry’s cancer is in remission and he is considered cancer-free.
June-July: Berry works out with teammate Travis Kelce in Florida in preparation for camp.
July 23-28: Berry undergoes a series of tests to ensure he is ready for football activities, including bone-density tests, cardiac tests, orthopedic tests and strength tests.
Wednesday: Berry participates in practice, but doesn’t take part in the team, 11-on-11 drills at the end on practice.