Scott Allan could have been forgiven for fearing that he'd never kick a ball again.
Last September the Hibs midfielder was diagnosed with heart problem hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after returning for pre-season with Jack Ross's side.
He has since gone through one of the toughest periods in his life to make what he hopes can be a dream comeback.
Since returning to training in January, Allan has gone on loan to Inverness Caley Thistle and is desperate to make the most of what he sees as his second chance at football.
Allan starred in the 4-1 victory over Morton in midweek and admits he's delighted to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
He said: "Stepping back out on to the park did just lift a weight off of my shoulders.
"I'm honestly just delighted to be starting games and being back out there kicking a ball about, it's as simple as that.
"To be having an impact on games is nice too, it's reassuring more than anything. It might sound silly, but that's the whole ordeal behind me now.
"I am treating this like a second chance, there's no two ways about it.
"When I first got told about the diagnosis, I thought I'd never play again. © SNS GroupScott Allan in action against Arbroath
"I've worked hard for six months just to get back out on the training pitch let alone an actual game so to play against Ross County on Friday night and then against Morton on Tuesday has shown that there's a light at the end of the tunnel now.
"You can come on for 10 minutes as a sub at the end and, it's fine, its only 10 minutes.
"But even then there were so many precautions because it had been such a long time without any football for me.
"Obviously I'd like to do a lot more and play for the full 90 minutes and I feel as if I could give a lot more in that sense.
"That's only natural but we've got a lot of games coming up between now and the end of the season.
"The gaffer is keeping tabs on me and keeps giving gradually more minutes each time.
"There was a lot of relief after Friday because it was my first start, that was the watershed moment.
"I knew I'd felt good in training but you don't know really until you play the games.
"In terms of physically how I feel, I am honestly delighted."
The 29-year-old admits that he cannot afford to look to far into the future and that he will take in each game as it comes.
Since making his debut for Caley Jags against Arbroath last month Allan is firmly focusing on getting himself back to being the player the Hibs fans know best. © SNS GroupAllan in the Highland Derby with Ross County
He said: "I've done all the things that I had to do to allow me to play football and I'm thankfully reaping the rewards of that.
"Just to be back out kicking a ball again on Friday against Ross County felt great, especially against a Premiership side and three days later I felt brilliant and was feeling like I can give more.
"I'm not even up to full speed yet but having an influence on games and feeling like myself, it's something I'll never take for granted again.
"Maybe I did a wee bit too much on the weights but even just doing that kept me sane.
"The condition is different from an injury because I had four months of not being allowed to do any intense training of any kind.
"I could do weights in the gym but there was four months of no running.
"When you're injured even then you can do things like light jogs and there was the mental side to it too. Everything I'd ever known had been taken away from me.
"I feel as if I can put a really hard time in my life behind me and I can just focus on getting back to being the player that everyone knows and expects me to be.
"After the Scottish Cup game against Ross County, we're through to the next round and I was delighted because it was another opportunity to play another game before the end of the season.
"At the start this loan move was just to get back and to see how I felt training, so for it to have gone like this so far, you won't wipe the smile off of my face."
Fate has seen the midfielder and Caley Thistle join forces at the perfect time as both continue to fight through their own struggles by winning games.
Allan said: "It would be a dream comeback to help the club into the play-offs.
"Hopefully personally and as a team we can keep this run going. I want to get as many games as I can and then go back to Hibs in the summer, but for now I've got plenty to be thankful for and to look forward to here at Inverness.
"I couldn't have got off to a better start, three wins on the bounce since I arrived and six on the trot in any league is no easy feat and everything is looking really positive again.
"To have had the turnaround that I've had in six months is just incredible, I wasn't expecting it.
"I've gone from being told that I might never play again to then getting a second chance from another cardiologist.
"This is a new lease of life for me, I'm just enjoying every moment and I'm going to make the most of it."