Nicolas Colsaerts about kidney disease: “Was in hospital and thought: “Am I going to die here?”” | golf

Nicolas Colsaerts about kidney disease: “Was in hospital and thought: “Am I going to die here?”” | golf
Nicolas Colsaerts about kidney disease: “Was in hospital and thought: “Am I going to die here?”” | golf

Nicolas Colsaerts defends his title at the Open de France this week. That he is still on the golf course at all is a victory in itself. Our compatriot was struck down by a kidney disease at the end of last year and is making his way back.

Three years ago Nicolas Colsaerts stood with his back against the wall at the Open de France. He needed a good result to keep his 2020 tour card. That good result came, because after a nail biter Colsaerts won the tournament.

Due to the corona pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled and Colsaerts can finally defend his title after almost 3 years. “I can’t imagine that anyone has had to wait 35 months,” Colsaerts laughed this week.

It is nice to see Colsaerts smiling again, because he has had a difficult period. At the end of last year, he was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. He himself feared for his life for a while, but since August he has been playing regularly on the DP World Tour again.

I can still remember gazing out the window at the desert and thinking, “Am I going to die here?”

Nicolas Colsaerts

That was unthinkable a few months ago. “The first days and weeks after my diagnosis I went through deep valleys”, Colsaerts tells his story again. “I can still remember gazing through the window at the desert in Dubai and thinking, ‘Am I going to die here?'”

“It shows how lost I felt and how irrational my thoughts were. Except for my wisdom teeth, I had never been in a hospital and I couldn’t really get used to the environment. Fortunately, I could count on the support of my wonderful wife. I wouldn’t have gotten out this way without her.”

“Difficult to adjust my own expectations”

With the exception of a few rare tournaments earlier this year, Colsaerts has been making his comeback on the DP World Tour since August and that return is not a bed of roses. “As you can see from my results, I’m still having a hard time getting into the rhythm because I’ve played so few tournaments.”

Colsaerts was unable to make the cut at any tournament. “Since my diagnosis, I’ve had a hard time adjusting my own expectations. It’s not easy to have a different mindset now and start a tournament without expectations when you’ve been used to that for 25 years.”

“If you’ve been in bed almost continuously for 6 months, you lose your habits and the competitiveness that has been ingrained after all these years. But I’m fully recovered now and I feel healthy too.”

What happened further confirmed that while golf is very important in my life, my family is even more important.

Nicolas Colsaerts

Despite the lesser results, Colsaerts is happy to participate again. “I’ve also been touched by the love and support I’ve received from within the golf world and beyond.”

The almost 40-year-old Colsaerts does not think about stopping yet, he even has a goal in mind again. “Even though I already feel like part of the furniture at a tournament, I would like to reach 500 tournaments on the DP World Tour. It would be a great milestone in my career.” He is now in 433 tournaments.

Not everything will have to give way to that goal of 500 tournaments. “What happened has further confirmed that while golf is very important in my life, my family is even more important.” Colsaerts has two young children with his wife.

The article is in Dutch

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