Cancer Type – Lymphoma
Short Bio – Mr. T a pro-wrestler turned A-Team Star shares his lifelong battle and commitment to T-Cell Lymphoma CD3. Read his story here…
Story – Mr. T agreed to be a part of Dancing with the Stars to raise money and awareness for St. Jude and Shriner’s. Battling his own diagnosis with T-Cell Lymphoma CD3 or Mycosis Fungoides since 1995, he advocates “Hey, I come from there, but don’t quit”.
Although he is a cancer survivor for 12 years now, the road was not always easy. Mr. T underwent several years of chemotherapy. As a religious man, he chose to practice what he preaches, and also realized, no matter how much you serve or believe in God, it does not mean it will be a happy outcome. His exceedingly rare form of cancer affects approximately 1,000 people in the United States.
The scary part about his disease, it resembles a fungal infection, such as a skin infection, but it is not. Masking itself, it grows slowly over time. Mr. T’s first treatment was localized radiation for a month. His doctor told him, they would have to wait and see if the cancer came back, but to go live his life. And he did, yet the diagnosis sent him into years of chemotherapy treatments.
The road dis not stop here. His battle will be lifelong, undergoing targeted therapies to fight against the abnormal cells in his body.
In a recent interview he thanks lymphoma and his battle for giving him a platform, ‘Life is an endurance test. It’s not a fifty-yard sprint or a hundred-yard dash; it’s a marathon. So, like I said, I got to endure, endure the hardship. The Bible said, “Endure hardship as a good soldier.” There, you endure hardship, then you fall back to your fighting stance. So, okay, am I going to be a wimp and cry and what-not, or you know am I going to fight it and what-not – and cry? It’s okay to cry as long as you fighting.”
Mr. T was a professional wrestler, turned television star, best known for his role as B..A. Baracus in the 1980’s series the A-Team.
Mr.T we send a huge shout out to you for your commitment to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
Image Credits – By Miguel Discart (Flickr: 2014-04-05_21-30-35_NEX-6_DSC08713) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
|Born||Lawrence Tureaud, May 21, 1952 (age 64), Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, motivational speaker, wrestler, bodyguard, television personality|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Mr. T|
|Debut||March 24, 1985|
|Retired||December 27, 1994|