Optimistically, Steve Scott Faces His Biggest Trial Ever
- By Gene Wojciechowski
- May. 26 1994 00:00
LEUCADIA, California -- Earlier this week at a hospital in San Diego, a surgeon was set to drag a scalpel down the lower abdomen of three-time Olympian runner Steve Scott and begin a search for 15 possibly cancerous lymph nodes.For the perpetually cheerful Scott, 38, who describes himself as the original "glass-is-half-full type of guy," the lymphatic surgery is nothing more than a medical inconvenience. Already, he has made plans to resume his training schedule come Sept. 1 ... or Oct. 1 if his urologist, Kevin O'Brien, decides chemotherapy is necessary.Either way, Scott intends to compete again. He has spent the better part of 20 years doing exactly that, collecting six American records in the process, appearing in three Summer Olympics, being ranked in the top 10 for a decade and breaking the four-minute mile 135 times, a figure unmatched by any other runner."In my mind, I know everything is going to end up fine," Scott said Monday at his home.This is typical Scott. Positive. Emphatic. Optimistic. He isn't so concerned about the surgery itself, as he is about the week's stay in the hospital. His body, cleansed by a cardiovascular dream diet and a 90-mile-per-week training regimen, is ultra-sensitive to the drugs used during hospitalization.Scott knows this because it was only a few weeks ago -- May 1, to be exact -- that he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous left testicle. According to O'Brien, this specific cancer is highly predictable, treatable and enjoys a 95 percent cure rate.