Jarrod Lyle is finally heading home.
The Shepparton export, who lives in Torquay with his wife Briony and daughters Lusi and Jemma, has been given the all clear by doctors to return home.
The fantastic news comes more than four months after Lyle was first admitted to hospital in Melbourne for bone marrow treatment in an attempt to defeat acute myeloid leukaemia for the third time in 20 years.
Since then Lyle, 36, has had to remain in or within a short distance of the Royal Melbourne Hospital for monitoring, but has been boosted by the ability to return to his family home.
The former professional golfer, who defeated the disease previously in 1998 and 2012, is not out of the woods yet in his third battle, but this is certainly a massive step in the right direction.
Lyle shared the news with his almost 7000 followers on Facebook on Wednesday.
‘‘After more than four months, the time has come to say goodbye to the city and finally head home to my family,’’ the post said.
‘‘My doc has given me the all clear to leave the vicinity of the hospital, and I couldn’t be happier.
‘‘It’s now day 119 post-transplant and everything’s heading in the right direction.
‘‘We still have a long way to go with my recovery but this is a huge step.
‘‘The biggest challenge for our little family now is to avoid anyone with germs — which will not be easy with two girls going to school and childcare each week.
‘‘Looking forward to some salty air at home, and to resuming my fatherly duties. Still not able to change dirty nappies though #winning.’’