Louis Laforge confides in his cancer and the “long road traveled” towards recovery

Louis Laforge confides in his cancer and the "long road traveled" towards recovery
Louis Laforge, here in 2014, revealed on Twitter that he battled kidney cancer in 2021.
Foc Kan / WireImage Louis Laforge, here in 2014, revealed on Twitter that he battled kidney cancer in 2021.

Foc Kan / WireImage

Louis Laforge, here in 2014, revealed on Twitter that he battled kidney cancer in 2021.

CANCER – “Despite the difficulties, despite this painful path, at the end there is life. » Here is the message of hope that Louis Laforge wants to convey. The journalist from France Televisionshost on the continuous news channel Franceinfo, revealed on Saturday August 27 on Twitter that he had been operated on a year earlier because of a cancer kidney.

The announcement surprised hundreds of Internet users, who relayed his message and showed him their support. “It was very spontaneous, not considered. I do not have a community manager, I did not anticipate and I did not expect such a return »he assures this Monday, August 29 at HuffPost, to whom he has agreed to tell about his journey towards healing.

The HuffPost: Can you tell us more about your illness?

Louis Laforge: I’m doing very well, because it’s kidney cancer that was detected very early. I felt a little discomfort at the beginning of last summer (2021, editor’s note). I immediately went to consult before going on vacation, I’m not a hypochondriac but I didn’t want to spend my summer break with it. I was thinking kidney stones.

I did a CT scan on July 16, 2021, and we discovered a tumor, some weird stuff that was wandering around in the ureter canal, in the colon. Then when it’s gone, it’s gone: I did four general anaesthesias, one colonoscopyfibroscopy, ureteroscopy… I had a renal probe, with a pocket, until my operation on August 27th.

Even for me who was asleep, I found the intervention very long! When I woke up, I found my phone, took a selfie and sent it to my wife and kids. Then I completely forgot about the photo.

Why did you decide to publish the photo, where we see you in your hospital bed?

It came out Saturday morning on my phone. I hadn’t forgotten August 27, 2021, but when I saw this selfie again, I said to myself “Wow, what a long way to go in one year! ». I had never spoken about my cancer publicly because I was in the hard, it was complicated and long, I didn’t have the head or the desire to talk about it. But a year later, I feel cured, even though the doctors never say you’re cured. All is not perfect but all is well.

I also thought about the doubt, the stress of the exams, the expectations of results which can take several hours or days, the big machines in which we enter… And the pain, the suffering that all those who, like me, pass by there. I thought I was going to share a positive message with my little community: I’m cured, I’m alive, the medical staff, from the great teacher to the cleaning ladies and the caregiverseveryone is great.

I probably unconsciously wrote thinking of a cousin who died this summer of lung cancer, when he had never smoked, of my sister who died of cancer 6 years ago. This is a reality for so many families. Until now cancer was not a big success in my family. I am the first to have fought and defeated it.

The reaction was immediate on Twitter, did you expect to reach so many people?

It was very spontaneous, not thought out. I don’t have a community manager, I didn’t anticipate and I didn’t expect such a return. I gained 1,500 subscribers in 48 hours, my message has been viewed over a million times, it’s crazy. Apart from two or three weird messages, everyone is kind… Most say ” good luck “, “you are a warrior, a warrior”but I’m not more of a warrior than anyone else.

Many people take advantage of my speech to talk about the disease, all families go through these phases of stress, doubt, suffering and it feels good to talk about it. And I bring good news, we need it right now. It is a message of hope: despite the difficulties, despite this painful path, at the end there is life. And life is beautiful.

How have you been for a year?

It’s been a long year. I think I lived several years in a year. As soon as you touch the piping, the intestines, it’s complicated. You can live with just one kidney, but you have to watch. On the other hand, the consequences of the gastroenterology part were more painful. It’s long, complicated and twelve months later, it’s still not quite like before. I went through phases of real pain, crying when I had never cried in pain in my life… Today, things are much better.

On the professional side, the management of France Télévisions has been very benevolent. I came back on the air for the election nights. I wasn’t in great shape yet, but I didn’t want to miss the presidential/legislative sequence, because it is an exercise that I particularly enjoy. It was a little premature, I paid for it in the weeks that followed, but I was so happy to go back to my job.

See also also on HuffPost: Florent Pagny gives news of his lung cancer

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