WWE Universe received devastating news on October 23rd of 2018 when Roman Reigns declared his battle with Leukemia. The franchise player of the company had to take hiatus from the WWE programming for an undisclosed timespan. It led us to think whether his wrestling career is probably going to be over or not. For more than four months, his battle to overcome the effects from the disease has continued until he came back to Monday Night Raw just before Wrestlemania 35.
Now that Roman Reigns returned within a minimum amount of time during a potentially life-threatening disease like this, there have been negative talks about it. Some of the fans speculated whether this battle was for real or else, WWE was just trying to put us through a storyline. They do believe that it was one of the scripted angles of WWE to make us believe that it was not fake.
The reality is far beyond that as Roman Reigns opened up to clear the air on his battle with Leukemia. The four-time world champion recently talked with Leukemia Care on this issue to let us know more details on his war. He pointed out the unawareness of the audience about this disease that led them to think negatively. Here’s more on what he stated, (courtesy wwfoldschool.com)
“I think there is ignorance of leukemia. The word alone is intimidating. ‘Leukaemia’ it sounds like a cancer word. It sounds like it could take your life.
What people haven’t realized are the different phases. That’s the whole thing about me and this huge WWE platform, that’s why I want people to know. I want people to understand that it’s not what people see in the movies. We’re in a different place now; we are making advancements, there are things we are doing to help people and save lives – we just don’t always concentrate on those things.
In the media, what we like to talk about is very controversial, that’s what we want to discuss. We don’t want to discuss the good moments or ‘the wins’. With my story and the help of my medication, and the medical breakthroughs that we have, I think it’s very important to understand that. We are winning some of these battles. There are very specific reasons why I am maintaining the look and the health that I have, and it’s important that people know that.
This is what I feel when people see me in that ring when they know I came through what happened to me and still do something like being a performer and throwing my body around in front of millions of people. The fact that I am still able to do that, I think that should give a lot of hope to people that they can lead a normal life and can still capture their dreams.”
— WWE (@WWE) September 3, 2019
We do want to mention on this note about Roman Reigns continuously working on Leukemia awareness campaigns ever since overcoming the battle. He openly admitted of doing so on his comeback speech who is using the global platform of WWE to let people know more about it. A fighting star like him can gain more confidence to common people with the belief that can be in remission, as well.
Additionally, Roman Reigns also talked about the side-effects of his oral chemotherapy. The treatment has been successful thus far but left a ton of side-effects on his body. He can’t intake much protein, go outside in the sun and has to go by the instructions given by the doctors. Here’s more on the repercussions,
“Some days it makes me a little nauseous; I do a good job in trying to keep everything down and not going the full way in terms of being sick. It can disrupt your stomach a little bit. You have to change some of your eating habits. I can’t take in as much protein as I used to.
In terms of my alcohol, I’ve got to be that guy who kind of sits on the side of the party here and there, I’ll maybe have myself a glass of wine. For the most part, it’s out completely.
I can’t really go in the sun as much, I have hyperpigmentation from my medication. There are a few different effects, but at the end of the day, I woke up. I’d rather deal with a few side effects here and there and continue to wake up every day.”