The basketball great is battling a rare form of the cancer.
Los Angeles (WiredPRNews.com) – Former Los Angeles Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is battling a rare form of leukemia. As reported by TV Guide, the retired 62 year-old player spoke about his diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia on Tuesday, stating his prognosis was good.
Abdul-Jabbar is quoted by TV Guide as stating to Good Morning America of being diagnosed last December, “I heard the word ‘leukemia,’ and I thought this was definitely a death sentence.” The basketball great also noted that with medication, regular blood analysis, and the care of a specialist the condition is manageable, citing “If I can do this as I’m told to do it, I can manage this disease. This does not have to be a death sentence.”
Abdul-Jabbar, who is now a special assistant coach for the Lakers, is further quoted as stating he decided to be open about his diagnosis to show others with cancer that “they can prevail, they can leave a meaningful life and life doesn’t have to stop all of a sudden.”
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