INDIANAPOLIS — Moving ahead -- After going through a life-altering experience such as the one he experienced last fall, Pagano admits that he doesn't know if he'll ever get back to feeling the way he did prior to the leukemia diagnosis.
"I don't know if it will ever be the same, to be honest with you. I feel pretty normal now as far as going through the normal stuff that a football coach goes through in a day-in, day-out basis," he said. "But whether it will ever be exactly the same, I don't think it will ever be that way. Like I said, I feel good. Most of that is behind me. I feel good where I am at right now."
Pagano said that he was under no restrictions on what he can or can't do in terms of his normal coaching regimen. Well, almost no restrictions.
"Very little media. There won't be any more Wednesday pressers or on Monday. Dr. [Larry] Cripe, you'll have to talk to him," the Colts coach joked. "But, no, really there's no restrictions. Like anybody else who has dealt with some form of cancer or blood disease, leukemia, whatever it is, you've still got a process to go through.
" I've got a couple of years still of medication that I'll take for a couple of weeks every three months. Then you'll go in for a few years, every six months for three years after that. If you're still in remission after five years, then you'll get a certificate and a badge and then send you a something that says you're healthy, that you're free of any more doctors visits."