Trey Forbes: The toughest of Titans
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KOKH) —
Trey Forbes wasn’t sure he would be able to play his senior season.
“I thought my life would change,” said the Carl Albert left tackle/defensive end. “I thought people would for real make fun of me.”
Four months ago, Trey got some news that no 17-year-old male should ever have to hear.
“I prayed to God that he would come from back that,” said his mother Holly Forbes.
Trey was training with his good friend and former Carl Albert/OU standout J.D. Runnels, who has a gym in Choctaw. They were going through some drills, when Trey began to feel some discomfort.
“He made a cut and we thought he had hurt his groin,” said J.D.
Trey felt a sharp pain and thought he had suffered a hernia. Except it wasn’t a hernia. On July 1st, Trey was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The very next day, he went in for surgery and spent about a week at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Trey described the pain those first few days as “pure agony” and lost a total of 30 pounds.
“He had gotten so weak and delirious from them not letting him eat or drink,” said Holly. “That even made him sicker I thought.”
But in his time of weakness, Trey’s team, the Titans, provided strength.
“They were there for me, every single one of them.”
Trey’s battle hit home for two of his coaches as well.
“I’ve been through that too with neck cancer,” said Carl Albert head football coach Mike Corley. “I think God puts us in places for reasons and I was able to relay that message to him, because I went through a lot of the same things he went through in a different manner.”
Tex Rollins, Trey’s track and field coach, also a former football coach for the Titans, is 10 years removed from prostate cancer.
“I told him there were a lot of people that loved him and cared about him,” said Rollins. “And that I was going to break his leg if he didn’t get well and come back out there so we could do push-ups again.”
Trey made a triumphant return just in time for the start of the football season. Just a couple of weeks ago, he got the news that he was cancer free.
“When I told my teammates I was going to be fine, that I was going to be alright, it immediately flipped into a joke," Forbes said.
The survival rate for testicular cancer is high, and yet according to the American Cancer Society, only seven percent of cases occur in children and teens.
In what can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, Trey found the strength to tell his story because of his father.
“I have a dad who’s a double amputee and he has lupus. He’s also been septic a few times. I just love my dad, yeah. He talked to me a lot about this and thought it would be a good thing.”