Leicester hooker Tom Youngs has received the “unbelievably good news” that his wife Tiffany is in remission after a long battle with cancer.
In May 2017, after a three-year fight, Tiffany received the devastating news that the illness would be terminal. 12 months on, the news is much more positive and specialists have confirmed that she is in remission after a remarkable year.
“It’s unbelievably good news compared with where we were this time last year,” Youngs told Leicester’s website.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support during the last year. It has been absolutely phenomenal.
“At the Tigers, from chairman Peter Tom right through the club, everyone has been superb with us. And outside the club too, everybody has tried to help in their own way.
“It has definitely been a great support knowing so many people have been there for us.”
Tiffany said that the support from in and outside the club had been hugely beneficial as she went through a course of alternative treatments and diet changes as she battled through the illness.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and the kind gestures from everywhere,” she said.
“Our families and close friends have been at the centre of that, but also the messages and support from all around rugby have been huge – and not just from when we first told everyone last year, it has gone on all the time. Everyone has been so kind.
“To now be in remission is brilliant news and now we’re just looking forward again.”
Before last year’s British & Irish Lions tour, Tom’s brother Ben withdrew from the squad so he could remain at home. Now the scrum-half is readying himself to tour South Africa, with Tom delighted for him.
“We are a very close family and the Lions were very understanding when Ben made his decision last summer,” he said. “We wish him and all of the England squad all the very best in a big series in South Africa next month.”