Leukaemia Patient Address Fans Thinking Roman Reigns Diagnosis Was Not Real
Leukaemia Patient, Blood Cancer Charity Address Fans Thinking Roman Reigns Diagnosis Was Not Real
Roman Reigns returned to WWE on Monday’s RAW in Atlanta and announced that his leukemia is now in remission. It was his first appearance since announcing his second battle with leukemia and vacating the WWE Universal Championship last October.
While the response to Reigns’ announcement has been overwhelmingly positive, there is a small section of fans that believe the cancer diagnosis was a work.
Kris Griffin, who is a Leukaemia patient and a trustee for Leukaemia Care, wrote about having a similar type of blood cancer as Reigns.
“Roman’s remission appears to be too good to be true. Looking great with all of his hair, five months after diagnosis doesn’t fit in with the traditional narrative of a blood cancer patient. Cancer doesn’t work like that, does it? Actually, yes, some blood cancers do,” Griffin wrote. “I’ve had a similar type of blood cancer to Roman called chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) for 11 years now. I take a small white tablet every morning called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and it puts my leukaemia back in its box on a molecular level. I’ve had bad days where I’ve felt tired or a bit sick but I’ve carried on. I work full time in education and haven’t taken a day off sick through anything related to the leukaemia. It took me about 9 months to reach a haematological level of remission, in that my blood looked OK. It took 6 years to get to a molecular level of remission and now my leukaemia is pretty much undetectable. I’ve never lost my hair and I’ve never had traditional chemotherapy.
“You see where I’m going with this? Roman is an elite athlete and it might surprise you that I’m not. We’ve both fought our leukaemia in our own way and in our own timeframe. But there is one thing that I guarantee will annoy any leukaemia patient who is in remission, that’s someone saying, ‘well, you don’t look sick!’ Right now, that’s happening online. Can’t we celebrate Roman looking great and happy or would we prefer him hooked up to a drip, pushed out in a wheelchair? That’s our traditional view and if our traditional view has been upended, it isn’t a lie.
“The treatment that has given Roman and me our lives back was hailed in 2001 by Time Magazine as the magic bullet for cancer. Times are changing, we’re the trailblazers and millions of people are now living because of that little white tablet. They aren’t having devastating does of chemotherapy and in most cases, after taking the tablet they are able to go to work or smash someone around in a wrestling ring. It’s still not perfect, some people get side effects from the drugs but as the treatment improves, so will the quality of life.”
Griffin also noted that while Reigns’ leukemia is in remission, it can return.
“But, let’s not forget, and Roman knows this all too well, leukaemia can relapse,” Griffin noted. “We’re all living on a knife edge from appointment to appointment. My appointments are six months apart and I still get nervous, I’m sure that I always will. It’s a strange way to live…but it’s better than the alternative.”
(Pro Wrestling & MMA World)