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Roman Reigns: “Leukemia feels like a death sentence”

Former WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns continues to make the media rounds to talk about his battle with leukemia in order to spread the word about the illness and his WWE return.

His first match back in several months since revealing that his battle with leukemia had returned came when he teamed up with fellow Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. They beat Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley in a six-man tag team match that served as the headliner of the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view event back in February. He’s since worked some other matches.

Reigns opened up about the feeling of battling the illness when talking with Sports Illustrated.

“Leukemia feels like a death sentence,” Reigns says. “That’s how I felt when I was first diagnosed 11 years ago. This time, knowing what I’d been through, I immediately felt frightened and alone. I heard that word, leukemia, again. As a father, husband and provider, I was terrified.”

“We’re all fighting some battle,” he stated. “Someone is out there connecting with you during your fight, even if you don’t realize it. If my story can somehow inspire someone to push another hour, or go through another treatment, then everything I went through was all worth it.”






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