MURRAY Magpies footballer Jacob Romeril knows how quickly life can change.
Romeril, like most teenagers, worked during the week and looked forward to having a kick with his mates on the weekend.
But his life was turned upside down on August 13 two years ago after he was admitted to hospital with what he thought at the time was just pneumonia.
“I got pneumonia and had a few blood tests and was sent straight to the Royal Melbourne Hospital,” Romeril said.
“I had further tests and couldn’t believe when the doctor told me I had leukaemia.
“I spent the next three months in hospital.”
As part of his recovery, Romeril had a bone-marrow transplant.
He also underwent a tough period of extensive chemotherapy and radiation.
Romeril was given the all-clear in January and has returned to his job as an apprentice painter.
The 20-year-old is also back having a kick in the Magpies seconds.
“It has obviously been an emotional roller coaster for myself, my family and friends for nearly two years,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the amazing support of my family, friends and will never forget how the Murray Magpies rallied behind me.
“I was lost for words when the Magpies held a fundraiser to help pay for my medical bills and other expenses.
“My girlfriend, Amy Zuber, and her family were also behind me every step of the way.”
Romeril knows he is one of the lucky ones.
“It’s good just to be back at work, playing footy and living a normal life,” he said.
“I’m loving being back amongst the boys and have set myself the goal to break back into the senior line-up this season.
“But my time will come and I’m just happy to be back playing footy.”
The Magpies will hold a fundraiser this weekend for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Players will wear an alternative light blue strip and have bought their jumpers to contribute to the fund-raiser.
The Magpies will also unleash boom recruit Brad Horn for their clash against Howlong at Urana Road Oval.
The dual North Albury best and fairest winner signed with the club last week after moving back to the Border.
The classy ball winner will slot into the Magpies midfield.