Rob McPherson tells BBC Sport, "I refused to let bowel cancer and a stoma bag stop me playing football."

Rob has a secret and it isn't his sexuality.
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After four months away from football, Rob returned to playing in April and wears a support belt to protect his stoma.

After four months away from football, Rob returned to playing in April and wears a support belt to protect his stoma.

One of the biggest worries people have when getting an ostomy is not being able to return to their “normal” life and do all the things they did before. However, the story of Rob McPherson is one that should both comfort and inspire the ostomate community. After being rushed to the hospital with excruciating pain and a swollen stomach, doctors discovered a blockage in Rob’s intestine and performed an emergency colostomy. Rob awoke from surgery unsure about his new stoma, and unsure about how he would return to playing football, the game he loves. But in a little over four months, with a support belt over his ostomy bag, he was back on the football pitch playing just as “gung-ho” as before. Rob is as an incredible inspiration for many, but he’s happier simply being another member (and chairman) of his football team, Village Manchester, which became the second gay and inclusive football team to be formed in the UK.

Read Rob’s story on BBC Sport Get Inspired series: 'I refused to let bowel cancer and a stoma bag stop me playing football'.