Roman Reigns’ leukemia is now in remission. He had to leave WWE in October 22nd 2018 and relinquish the WWE Universal Title. Then just over four months later he made his return. Some fans are under the mindset that Reigns’ leukemia diagnosis is a work, but that is not the case.
Leukemia Care which is a blood cancer charity in the United Kingdom took aim at the allegations that Roman Reigns worked his leukemia in a big way. They addressed fans’ doubts head-on with a series of social media messages to clarify and educate.
Morning! In response to some of the
tweetswe’re seeing online about @WWE and @WWERomanReigns we wanted to have a little chat about leukaemia/leukemia, relapse andperceptions of cancer.
Firstly, incredible news about Roman Reigns. Relapse is a scary reality for all leukaemia patients. Either fear of your cancer returning or having to face treatment for relapse. It’s great to hear some positive news from a leukaemia patient.
The tweets we are seeing mainly
centrearound the idea of what a cancer patient should look like.
“How can he have hair?”
“How can he have not lost weight?”
“Why doesn’t he look like a cancer patient?”
We’re going to weigh in here with some l
eukaemiainformation. We feel like we know a little bit and the Vince gif is appropriate
Back to basics. Leukaemia is a cancer. It affects people of all ages. There are four main types of cancer: ALL, AML, CLL and CML. However, there are other types and subtypes. LEUKAEMIA IS COMPLICATED!
The different types are key. Acute
leukaemiasare aggressive and need aggressive treatment to save a patient. Chronic leukaemiasare incurable but treatable.
DON’T FORGET – We do not KNOW what type of
leukaemiahe has. Therefore, NONE of us are in a position to question his treatment, how he should look etc.
Leukaemia can make you lose weight. Leukaemia can also make you gain weight. There is no one way that leukaemia SHOULD look.
A key example of this is huge @WWE fan and patient advocate @KrisTheScript who has lived with a chronic leukaemia for the past decade. Does he look like a leukaemia patient to you?
A final few thoughts on the psychological impact of leukaemia. Living with or beyond a leukaemia diagnosis is scary. The fear of relapse is always there. Think before you tweet.
So if you were wondering why Roman Reigns looks so good after leukemia treatment or why he didn’t lose his hair, then Leukemia Care was able to address those questions.
If you are still under the thinking that Roman Reigns and WWE pulled off some elaborate ruse to work the entire world into thinking that he was sick then there is probably nothing that will change your mind at this point.