He was diagnosed with leukemia when he was a baby in the early 1990s. He never interacted with the other Cul-de-sac kids because his parents thought he was too fragile to be around them, and he stayed bedridden for the rest of his life as a result.
During this time, they also discovered he had Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. This is an incurable disease that affects the muscle tissue in the body, causing it to waste away until it dies. Due to its severity, they decided not to tell any of the other children on the cul-de-sac about Double D's condition.
However, years later, after his death, their secrets came out. It turned out that all the other children on the cul-de-sac were actually born without legs! The doctors who treated Double D's parents during their pregnancies with an experimental drug that prevented the birth of disabled babies took this opportunity to amputate the limbs of all these healthy infants so they could try the treatment on them too. No one knew about this practice until many years later when some of the adults on the cul-de-sac started to die.
The people who died included Triple A's father, who was beaten to death by his wife after finding out she was pregnant; and Double J's mother, who killed herself when she found out she was carrying triplets.
A week later, he had a bone marrow biopsy, which indicated that he had chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), a kind of blood cancer. He was given the news while on tour in Australia.
In an interview with The Guardian, his manager Jim Calderwood said: "It's been diagnosed late. It's aggressive cancer. There is a 75% chance he will survive it." Knopfler was given six months to a year to live.
He began chemotherapy treatment and has since returned to touring. In April 2016, he announced that he was taking some time off to deal with his health issues and expected to return to recording and performing in 2017.
Liam O'Brien does not have cancer, but he does suffer from hyperacusis, a type of hearing loss. This is because he was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, when he was 28 years old.
Acoustic neuromas are tumors that develop on the auditory nerve or in the area of the ear where it connects to the brain. They can be found anywhere along the pathway that sound travels from the outer ear to the brain. Although most people do not know they have an acoustic neuroma, about two-thirds of those who do are already experiencing some degree of hearing loss. The other one-third have no symptoms at all. Acoustic neuromas are usually identified by pure-tone audiograms (tests that measure how loud sounds need to be for you to detect them) and/or speech recognition scores. People with acoustic neuromas may experience dizziness, facial pain or pressure, memory problems, vision changes, and trouble walking.
The medical term for someone who suffers from acoustic neuroma is "neurotologist". Because of its relationship to the auditory nerve, an acoustic neuroma must be removed completely if it is to be cured. Hearing can then be restored by means of a prosthesis known as a cochlear implant.
Roman Reigns discusses his fight with leukemia. Reigns revealed publicly in 2018 that he has leukemia. According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Reigns has CML leukemia, which can be treated with a tablet because it was discovered in its early stages. However, it is not as straightforward and painless as it appears. There are complications including bleeding and infection during treatment.
Reigns' father, "Dio" (meaning God in Latin), told WWE.com that while his son was hospitalized, he received more messages of support than he could count. He said people sent flowers and cards to the hospital, and some even traveled from outside of Canada just to see him compete in wrestling matches.
When asked if he felt like a superhero or god after hearing these stories, Reigns replied, "Both! I mean, I guess you could say I'm a superhero to others who are going through what I've been through. And yeah, I think I have something up here." He pointed to his head.
Then I found out it's not really about what you can do but rather what other people can do for you. And now I get to help others by fighting leukemia.
On December 11, 2006, Kessel's family said that he had been hospitalized for an unrelated cause, and WBZ-TV reported that Kessel had been diagnosed with a kind of testicular cancer. He had undergone surgery to remove one of his kidneys in order to treat complications from a previous injury, and was recovering when notified of the cancer diagnosis.
Kessel was given the all-clear by doctors at the hospital where he was being treated, but on January 9, 2007, it was announced that he would be returning to the Bruins after all. Kessel played his first game back against Montreal on January 13, scoring a goal and adding an assist.
He continued to play well after coming back from his injury, and on April 6, 2007, the Boston Globe reported that Kessel was voted MVP of the 2007 NHL Awards Show after putting up nine goals and 27 points in 26 games during the regular season. The next day, Kessel signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension with Boston.
In 2008-09, Kessel scored 30 goals and added 57 assists for 87 points, finishing second in voting for the Art Ross Trophy as the league's highest scorer. He also won his first Golden Stick Award as the "Most Valuable Player" of the playoffs.