Jim Kelly’s health was very much out in the public eye, although this was against his wishes as he later informs Yahoo.
Cancer is a terrible disease that affects your surroundings as well as the person who is physically fighting this. Jim Kelly is a prime example of someone who lived in the public eye because of his football career and then came back because of his disease. His wife and daughter are his rock and gave him all the support he needed. But, as Jim Kelly informs Yahoo, he didn’t want this out in the public eye.
“I’m a very private person, and I didn’t want my wife and daughter going to social media and advertising what was happening,” Jim Kelly said in a phone interview with Yahoo! Sports. “But [Jill] told me, ‘You need as many prayers as you can get. And you can be an inspiration and share the never-give-up attitude you’ve always had and change their thoughts on life and how their faith can get them through any tough circumstance.'”
Erin has fought with Twitter trolls and she speaks about this exchange in the book.
I’m overwhelmed and humbled that God allowed me to share what I did in Kelly Tough. I wrote this for the reader, the Bills fan, the caregiver, the cancer fighter, the one struggling, the one seeking hope…I wrote this for you. But, I also wrote it for my children, (that I hope to have someday). I want them to know what true courage and strength are in the midst of suffering and weakness. #KellyTough
It must’ve been tough to even convince him to let this book be made. “Kelly Tough” is now on sale.