Tim Lobinger (49) reports from the Munich Hospital Großhadern. The former pole vault star writes on Instagram about an extremely touching photo that shows him sitting very seriously in a hospital chair: “Thank you for the numerous messages and the encouraging words!” And he promises: “I’ll keep fighting.” In the many added hashtags, he also encourages himself and everyone who fears with him. “#losing is not an option”, “#nevergiveup”, “#fightcancer”, “#always biting” and “#simply marching”, writes Lobinger among other things.
In the video above you can learn more about Tim Lobinger and his battle with cancer.
In February, Tim Lobinger felt “hopelessness for the first time”
In an interview with BUNTE, the ex-competitive athlete made it public this week that the disease has returned. Accordingly, Lobinger is now suffering from multiple myeloma. “Myelomas are tumors that can grow anywhere,” he explains. In January 2021 there was a boost. “Then the pain started to get worse,” says Lobinger. Then more and more visible tumors grew: “They came out on the leg, on the head, on the groin.” Seeing the cancer with his own eyes made it difficult for him to “continue to live normally”.
Despite various therapies and radiation, Lobinger continued to deteriorate physically. “Then I came home and it was only then that I really noticed: That was it,” he recalls. In February, the father of three experienced his darkest time. “It was the first time that I felt hopeless, along with panic attacks.” He still wanted to see how his little son started school and how his daughter got married in the summer. But Lobinger “had no more strength”.
Tim Lobinger: “I’m a fighter, for me, my family and my friends”
Suddenly the therapy seemed to work. Within a few days, his otherwise clearly visible tumors had disappeared. “A week ago the doctors said, ‘Say goodbye to everyone.’ And a week later: ‘This is now the most desirable result.'” For Lobinger, this was an “emotional roller coaster ride” that he found difficult to process.
Now he has to give his body time to recover. “Thanks to science, I’m sitting here today,” says the ex-competitive athlete gratefully. He hopes for further and new therapy options in a few years. “And if my chance is only one percent, I’ll take it. That’s what I’m counting on. I’m a fighter, for myself, my family and my friends.”
In March 2017, Tim Lobinger was diagnosed with leukemia. Through stem cell therapy, he was able to defeat the cancer at the time and remained cancer-free for almost two years.