Charleston Southern women's basketball head coach Fred Applin will coach the 2012-2013 Lady Bucs season after prostate cancer surgery earlier this month.
Applin is beginning his first season on the sidelines at Charleston Southern and went in for his yearly physical early in September when the cancer was detected and confirmed through a subsequent biopsy.
After talking with family and the doctor, Applin went through da Vinci surgery, a type of surgical procedure known for its minimal invasion of the human body through the use of robotics, and the cancer was caught at an early stage before it could spread.
"I think when you hear cancer, a lot of things run through your mind," commented Applin on the ordeal. "My thoughts were, ‘Lord, I am leaning on you to get me and my family through this.' As my wife said, this is just a bump in the road of life, and the doctors were able to diagnose things early and expect me to enjoy a complete recovery."
Applin has been comforted by his wife and family as his twin sister and various nieces and nephews have been in to visit him throughout the period, and he is thankful for the CSU family, his players and staff for their continuing support through this period.
"'I will never leave you nor forsake you' (Joshua 1:5), has been a comfort to me during this time," said Applin as his faith has helped guide him through the news and surgery. "I have been getting an annual physical for years after losing three uncles and my father to cancer. I know He (God) has been with me every step of the way."
Applin will have several follow-up visits with the doctors, but plans to be back with the team in the coming weeks as they prepare for their 2012-2013 season and begin team practices in October and plans to get more involved about prostate cancer awareness in the coming months and years.
"I'm getting stronger every day and doing what the doctors tell me," said Applin. "With lots of prayers and support, I know everything will be okay."