PGA golfer’s heart-wrenching battle with incurable disease

Morgan Hoffmann cannot recall verbatim the conversation he had with his doctor on that fateful day in November 2016, but the phone call ushered in a new reality for the 28-year-old golfer.

“I was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, an incurable disease,” the New Jersey native detailed in The Player’s Tribune, published Monday. “The last few months have been the most trying of my life, I have a new reality now, and a new purpose.”

Hoffmann, who earned his PGA card in 2013, began to notice a deterioration in his right pec back in 2011. He would later face half a decade’s worth of “misdiagnoses, frustration and confusion” after meeting with 25 doctors. Following the phone call with a specialist last fall, Hoffmann admits his diagnosis has yet to sink in.

“I know I must fully accept this challenge, but doing that is so hard,” Hoffmann said. “The reasons why I know I’ll be able to persevere — to conquer the future that’s in front of me — are my childhood, my best friends, my family, my mentors and my dreams.”

The golfer also counts on girlfriend Chelsea as his “biggest supporter” throughout this trying time, recounting moments where they comprehended the disheartening news together.

“After I was diagnosed she and I scrolled through pages and pages of Google search results for muscular dystrophy,” Hoffmann explained. “We tried to gather as much information as we could about prognoses and new treatments. Most of the technological advancements we read about were actually pretty exciting. But we also ran across something that we both found incredibly sad.

“We found countless blog posts in which people were describing symptoms almost identical to mine. They seemed to be, at their core, cries for help. These people had no idea what was wrong with them.”

Hoffmann played in 29 tournaments last season, finishing 86th on the money list and earning over $1.2 million. With an uncertain future, he plans to seize his opportunities going forward.

“Even though the type of muscular dystrophy that I have doesn’t pose an immediate threat to my life, there is a good chance that it will shorten it. I don’t know when that will happen, because there’s no way to gauge the speed at which the disease will spread,” Hoffman wrote.

“But please know this: This disease won’t keep me from achieving my dream of winning on the PGA Tour — and it shouldn’t keep anyone else from chasing their dreams either.”

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