Posts Tagged ‘Medical Diagnosis’

Toronto Maple Leafs legend and trailblazer Borje Salming revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The 71-year-old elaborated on his diagnosis in a statement issued through the team:

I have received news that has shaken my family and me. The signs that indicated that something was wrong in my body turned out to be the disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In an instant, everything changed. I do not know how the days ahead will be, but I understand that there will be challenges greater than anything I have ever faced. I also recognize that there is no cure but there are numerous worldwide trials going on and there will be a cure one day. In the meantime, there are treatments available to slow the progression and my family and I will remain positive.

Since I started playing ice hockey as a little kid in Kiruna, and throughout my career, I have given it my all. And I will continue to do so. Right now, I rest assured that I have my loving family around me and the best possible medical care.

I understand that there are many of you that would like to reach out, however I kindly ask you to respect our privacy in these trying times. Please keep us in your prayers. When the time is right and I understand more about my condition and future journey, I will reach out. So, until such a time, we kindly refrain from all contact.

I hope you understand and respect our decision.

Salming’s career spanned from 1973-89, and he played all but one of his 17 seasons with the Maple Leafs. The man affectionately known as “The King” was one of the best and most productive defensemen of his time, and he paved the way for future Swedish players making the jump to the NHL.

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Salming in 1996, and the Leafs retired his No. 21 in 2008. He still holds several Maple Leafs franchise records, including most career goals and points by a defenseman and most career assists by any player. Salming also ranks fourth in club history in points with 768 in 1,099 games. He was voted one of the top 100 players in NHL history in 1997.

Salming also represented his country on numerous occasions, and the IIHF chose him as one of only six players on its Centennial All-Star team in 2008.

ALS is a degenerative disease that progressively affects muscle control and eventually leads to paralysis. There is currently no cure.

Former WWF star Virgil has announced that he’s been diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. The announcement comes after the former Million Dollar Champion was diagnosed with Dementia, last month.

“It’s shi**y right now. To make things worse I know have stage 2 colon cancer. I am a fighter but need your help. I cannot afford any of the medical bills and would love your support,” he posted on Twitter.

The in-ring veteran recently had to dispel online rumors that he had passed away shortly after suffering two strokes, a week after the dementia diagnosis.

Virgil made his WWF debut in 1986 under the Lucious Brown moniker before being repackaged as the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase’s bodyguard. Virgil would hold that role until he turned on DiBiase and defeated him for the Million Dollar Championship at SummerSlam in 1991. Virgil would then make the move to WCW, where he had a five-year tenure with the company before departing in 2000. The fan-favorite veteran would make sporadic appearances in WWE starting in 2010 and would also make a cameo with AEW in 2019, where he reprised his former Soul Train Jones gimmick as part of Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle stable.

Fans can help with Virgil’s medical expenses by donating to his fundraiser by clicking here.

Ricky Morton of The Rock N’ Roll Express revealed on his The School Of Morton podcast that he was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy last week.

Morton is not the only name in the wrestling world to be diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, as Jim Ross and Piper Niven have also had bouts with the disease. The WWE Hall of Famer noted he was scared last Tuesday when he began his morning routine.

“Last Tuesday, I woke up and got ready to go to the gym. I went downstairs and had me a cup of coffee and I noticed the coffee running out of my mouth,” Morton said. “It really scared me. I ran in the bathroom and I saw that my face looked disfigured.” (h/t to WrestlingNews.Co for the transcription)

Morton said he wasn’t sure what was happening and decided to go to a local medical facility for help, adding he is doing fine now.

“I thought that I might be having a stroke but I went to the hospital,” he said. “They told me it was brought on by stress and everything but I have a touch of Bell’s palsy. It looks like it’s starting to clear up a little bit. I can shut my eyes and start talking. I just wanted to tell the wrestling world out there, if you see me, don’t run off. I’m doing good. Physically wise, I’m great.”

Morton and Robert Gibson were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. The team won the NWA World Tag Team Championship last October.


New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for the coronavirus, he revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Payton said he received his test results Thursday. He began to feel unwell Sunday, one day after attending horse races at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The 56-year-old is the first person associated with the NFL who’s been known to test positive for the coronavirus. Payton said he’s been fatigued but doesn’t have a cough or a fever, which are the most common symptoms of COVID-19.

The coach says he went public with his test result in an effort to encourage others to listen to health officials who’ve been pleading with the public to stay indoors.

“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton said. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.

“I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”

After many American sports leagues had announced the suspension of their season, the XFL initially announced that the Seattle Dragons home game would be played in front of no fans. Soon after, the XFL made the announcement to cancel to the rest of the season.

Pro Football Talk is reporting that a Seattle Dragons player has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The identity of the player has not been announced so far.

A statement from the league to USA Today read, “the league is alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks, and BattleHawks, as this player also participated in the February 29 game in St. Louis. The XFL is monitoring the situation closely and taking every measure necessary in accordance with recommendations set forth by the CDC.”

The player has been reported to have played in the Dragons’ past two games against the Houston Roughnecks and St. Louis BattleHawks. It was also reported that the player had told the team’s medical staff he was feeling ill on Tuesday and was placed in quarantine.

Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart hit social media with some potentially worrying news yesterday, revealing that he had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma – one of the most common forms of skin cancer.

The good news, obviously, is that he appears to have caught it early, and that he’s going under the knife to have the cancerous cells removed. Thank God for that.

It has been a tumultuous few years for ‘The Hitman.’ 2019 saw him jumped at WWE’s Hall of Fame ceremony, with an idiot assailant tackling him to the ground as he was being inducted alongside fellow Hart Foundation member Jim Neidhart. Hart was fine, as a horde of wrestlers and security staff charged the ring to pull the assailant away and dish out some swift justice, with the attacker detained by local authorities after the event.

Bret was able to attend WrestleMania 35 the following night and made a special appearance at AEW Double or Nothing in May, where he unveiled the AEW World Championship. He has been relatively quiet since then.

Get well soon, ‘Hitman.’ Here’s to a swift recovery.

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore revealed Thursday in an article on The Players’ Tribune that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer during the offseason.

In an entry titled “To My Golden Knights Family,” the 24-year-old revealed he had surgery to remove the affected area and has made a full recovery. He will, however, continue to be monitored closely.

Theodore’s cancer was discovered when he took a drug test while playing for Canada at the World Championship in May.

Before the quarterfinal game, the British Columbia native was informed that he failed his test due to the discovery of a hormone called hCG, which is typically found in pregnant women. Doctors told him, though, that it can also be a sign of testicular cancer.

Theodore returned home following the tournament to see his doctor and officially received the diagnosis.

After sharing the news privately, Theodore received support from family and friends, including fellow NHLer Phil Kessel, who faced his own battle with testicular cancer in 2006.

Theodore is entering his fifth NHL season and third with the Golden Knights. He didn’t reveal whether he will have to miss any time but is currently included on Vegas’ training camp roster.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and current Olympiacos head coach David Blatt has been diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, the 60-year-old wrote in a letter Monday.

“It is an autoimmune system disease that can and does in many ways change your quality of life and ability to do even the most basic of functions in ways that have always seemed normal to you,” Blatt wrote.

He said he was diagnosed with the condition “a few months ago” and has experienced fatigue, weakness in his legs, and balance problems.

“When I got over the initial shock and pain of understanding how this would and could change my life from today going forward, I decided I wasn’t giving in to anything,” he wrote. “I was only going to adapt and adjust and find ways to continue my life as normally as possible. Τhe first thing I did was go back to my basketball coaching methodology of solving and overcoming difficulties (…) it’s my three-step process. 1) What is the problem? 2) Why did it happen? 3) How do we fix it?”

Blatt said he has no plans to step aside from coaching.

“I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn’t affect my ability to do those things,” he wrote. “I am fortunate. I have great doctors, trainers, physical therapists, and management that accept my disabilities and help me overcome.”

Blatt is entering his second year as the coach of Greek squad Olympiacos. He compiled an 83-40 record in one-and-a-half seasons as coach of the Cavaliers before being fired midway through Cleveland’s 2015-16 championship season.

Former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner exited his final game of the 2017-18 season on March 29 with what the team revealed as a lower-body injury. He was not seen in the dressing room for the rest of the year – even on locker cleanout day.

In a first-person story published by The Athletic on Thursday, Lehner admitted he was addicted to alcohol, sleeping pills, and had suicidal thoughts leading up to his mysterious disappearance late in the season.

The night before his final game on March 29, Lehner called Andrew Allen, the team’s goalie coach, and told him he was in a bad place and wasn’t sure if he could start the following night. The two agreed to discuss it at the rink the next morning, where Lehner then told him he was good to go.

Throughout the game, he dealt with exhaustion, chest pains, and blurred vision. After the second period, he had a panic attack and could not return to the ice.

“The phone call I made to Andrew the night before? I was drunk,” Lehner wrote. “I wanted to kill myself. I was extremely close multiple times. The battle playing hockey was nothing compared to the battle inside my brain. It was at its worst.”

Lehner then attended the NHL/NHLPA’s rehab program in Arizona, where he went through a three-week detox which he described as “one of the worst that they had seen.” He had been taking sleeping pills for the last seven years.

Five weeks into the treatment, Lehner was diagnosed with bipolar 1 with manic phases.

After exiting the treatment center, Lehner had to get his mind back on hockey. As an unrestricted free agent, he needed an employer.

“One of the hardest things now was getting back to hockey. I am an addict that was diagnosed as bipolar and ADHD with PTSD and trauma,” Lehner said. “I had never had a sober season of hockey my entire career. Those manic swings, I could see the pattern. When I was hypomanic and in a good mood, I was a solid goalie. The depressive state, not so much.”

Lehner says that Sabres GM Jason Botterill was supportive throughout, and understood when the team decided to go in a different direction after signing Carter Hutton as their netminder. He felt a change of scenery would be best as well.

He met with many teams – one of which questioned why he was a “bad person or a bad teammate” – but didn’t receive any offers. He then met with New York Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello.

“I had two great meetings with (Lamoriello) and, looking back now, those meetings became some of the best moments in my life. We talked about family and life.”

Lehner, now sober, signed a one-year deal with New York on July 3.


New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, the team announced Tuesday.

The condition is a form of bone marrow cancer that is treatable with medication.

Boyle has been away from the team’s training camp but was made available for Tuesday’s announcement.

“We are in a good place right now,” Boyle said in a conference call, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

He added: “(I’m) looking forward to getting back on the ice.”

The 32-year-old joined the Devils this summer after splitting last season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.