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Monique’s battle back to the field

A HOBART soccer star is determined to bounce back and return to the field after urgent surgery to tackle a career-threatening condition.

Hobart Zebras centre-back Monique Undy is scheduled to undergo surgery on 15 April after a frustrating eight-month battle to diagnose the cause of excruciating pain that’s preventing her from playing the sport she loves.

Last year, the 25-year-old began experiencing pain in her lower back, which soon worsened and began to spread through her body.

Countless visits to sports physicians, doctors, physiotherapists and surgeons followed, before a series of X-Rays, MRIs and CT scans finally revealed bone marrow edema and a subchondral bone cyst as the probable causes.

“At first I was relieved to have a diagnosis, and thought ‘this is great, we can get to the bottom of it’,” Ms Undy said.

“But I was in shock once the doctor started going into more detail.”

Ms Undy’s relief was short-lived, as she soon learned that treatment would not be simple – or cheap.

Her upcoming surgery will be complex and, without health insurance, she has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover her medical bills, which could range from $13,000 to $25,000 depending on what the surgeon discovers.

But no matter what the damage, Ms Undy – who has been playing soccer for nearly two decades – isn’t ready to hang up her boots just yet.

“I’m very determined to play again,” she said.

“It’s my outlet, and has been since I was five.

“It’s definitely something I’m emotional about, getting back on the field at 100 per cent.”

To make a contribution to Ms Undy’s crowdfunding campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-surgery-needed-asap.

Caption: Hobart Zebras centre-back Monique Undy, who has been diagnosed with bone marrow edema.

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