“I was scared like never before”: Hansi Flick talks about his wife’s breast cancer
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“I was scared like never before”
Hansi Flick talks about his wife’s breast cancer
16-09-2022, 10:45 am
“There are things that are bigger and more important than football.” None other than national coach Hansi Flick came to this conclusion. He recognized that when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer about twelve years ago, he now reveals.
National football coach Hansi Flick has revealed a serious private blow of fate. His wife Silke was diagnosed with breast cancer after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The 57-year-old reports on this in his book “In the moment – About success, the beauty of the game and what really counts in life”, which will be published next Tuesday.
“Silke was diagnosed with breast cancer,” writes Flick, while the newspaper “Bild” quotes excerpts from the biography. “I was scared like never before. Being there for them and the children was even more important than usual,” explain the national coach and his co-author Jonathan Sierck.
The football coach thanks him for the unique support he has received from the German Football Association at this stage. So he was able to “retire for a while”.
“Humility and Gratitude”
“I still admire my wife for the strength and inner peace with which she overcame the difficult situation. I was in bed with tears in my eyes much more often than she was,” explains Flick. This phase of his life “taught him humility and gratitude”.
When death and one’s own transience are mirrored, something in you changes, says the Heidelberg resident. “We often skilfully hide death (…). In my experience, however, dealing with the fact that we won’t be here forever leads to a more mindful way of living,” says Flick.
The extreme experience changed him: “Since this phase of my life, I have seen interpersonal encounters and relationships in a different light and never taken it for granted.” Since then, he has not taken sporting defeats so personally. “There are things that are bigger and more important than football,” said Flick.
Hansi – actually Hans-Dieter – and Silke Flick have been married since 1987. They have two children and are now grandparents of two.