Houston, TX (KADN) — With a game-sealing interception, Eunice head coach Paul Trosclair won his first state title in his 40-year football coaching career vs. Sterlington. He never thought he would be here or at MD Anderson in Houston for a doctor’s appointment. Trosclair has multiple myeloma cancer. It’s hard on him, his wife, and five kids.
“You’re a good man. You work hard and you try to be healthy why did this happen,” his wife Irma Trosclair asked her husband once. “I’ll never forget. He just looked at me and said does one person deserver cancer more than another person.”
“It’s bone-marrow cells that have gone bad and they start multiplying and attack different organs,” Coach Trosclair explained.
Despite having the disease, he knew he had to keep coaching. ” Coaching is what I do. It’s who I am,” Trosclair said. “The doctor said, most of my patients just go home and watch TV and I said well that’s not me.”
Trosclair found out that he had myeloma in 2014. Now it is in partial remission. He takes a pill every other day for chemotherapy to make sure it does not return.
“In my opinion coaching football and coaching the Bobcats has kept him going,” his wife said.
I”m more patient then I used to be,” Coach Trosclair said. “I”m more open to things.”
In the United States, only 1/132 people contract the disease. Tough odds for coach Trosclair, but he still beat the odds and won a state title.
“I was very appreciative of the opportunity,” Trosclair said. “It was like the universe opened its doors and said, here you go., here’s a gift for you.”
Eunice begins the season September 6th against Northwest.