By way of his Twitter account, the highly respected hoops great announced that he is finally free and clear of the chronic myeloid leukemia that he has been treating for over a year.
“I am 100 percent cancer-free!!” he Tweeted. “last blood test looked great. Feeling great.”
Abdul-Jabbar originally revealed his illness in an interview with ABC News.
The rare bone marrow cancer is a frightening diagnosis for anyone who receives it, however, the Lakers legend battled through it with champion-like courage and an unwavering positive attitude.
Admitting that when he originally got the disease he considered it a death sentence in that ABC interview, the 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar described his reaction to finding out he had chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, or PH+CML.
“I heard the word ‘leukemia,’ and I thought this was definitely a death sentence.”
Shortly thereafter, though, the hoops great took the bull by the horns.
“If I can do this as I’m told to do this as I’m told to do it, I can manage this,” he said.
Abdul-Jabbar played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles during a storied career that lasted over 24 years. He retired as -- and remains -- the league’s all-time leader in points, minutes, field goals, field goal attempts and All-Star game selections.
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