Posted On: 01/4/21 6:20 PM

Tyler JensenTylerJensen6'2" | RBLa Cueva | 2021StateNM had just started his sophomore year at La Cueva High School in the late summer of 2018 when he discovered a lump near his armpit.

He went to the doctor and had it checked out.

There he heard the word every person dreads: cancer.

Technically, Jensen was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which attacks the Lymph nodes and affects the body’s immune system, limiting the body’s ability to fight infection. Doctors found cancerous lumps in his armpits, neck and chest.

That diagnosis jumpstarted a remarkable 2-1/2 year journey for Jensen in which he has overcome myriad obstacles placed in his path. Today, he’s healthy and, like every other high school football player in the state, ready to get back on the gridiron.

“When I was diagnosed, I didn’t even know what a lymphoma was,” Jensen told Prep Redzone New Mexico recently. “As a teenager, you never even think about cancer or look into it. But as soon as I was diagnosed, my thoughts turned to how I was going to beat it and how I was going to get healthy. I had to keep a good mindset.”

Soon after the cancer diagnosis, Jensen began chemotherapy

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