On Christmas eve, Bristol City Women manager Tanya Oxtoby uploaded a picture of her older brother Michael to Instagram and typed: “Today will never be the same without you. You will forever be my hero.” Two Christmases earlier, Michael had been diagnosed with bone cancer. The sarcoma on his hip killed him in March 2017, four months before Australian-born Oxtoby became City manager. Born with a chromosome disorder, Michael could form sounds but not speech: Oxtoby “could always hear him at my games – he’d be yelling and I’d think, there he is.” He had been limping but couldn’t say why. “I was saying, ‘You’re not 50 Cent – stop walking like that!’” Oxtoby remembers. She flew home once she learned the cancer was terminal. Then Michael fell and his femur drove through his hip, leaving him wheelchair-bound and, later, bedridden. “Anyone will tell you grief comes in waves,” she says. “You’re completely fine, and then you’ll just be at the wheel and start crying. You’re not a robot. The last two or three months were really horrific for him. He’s my biggest fan and my inspiration every day. I miss him a lot.” Oxtoby nurses a mug of coffee… Read full this story
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