Roman Reigns On Protesting Daughter from Misguided Opinions & Outpouring of Support

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 03/13/19

The Los Angeles Times recently interviewed WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, who discussed returning to the ring after battling leukemia. Below are some highlights.

Roman Reigns on the outreach and support he received after he announced his diagnosis: “I was overwhelmed. I felt just so reassured that I wasn’t alone. When you are holding a secret for so long you feel like you are trapped on an island with nobody to connect to, with nobody to kind of take that weight off your shoulders. But to receive that type of support, that type of positive reinforcement. I was overwhelmed. It felt really good.”

Roman Reigns on trying to shield his daughter from hearing “misguided opinions” about his diagnosis: “I’ve been with my wife since college, so she has been through this whole process with me. My big concern was my daughter, who is 11. So she’s right at that age where she’s hearing all those misguided opinions and hearing different things from different people. I thought that as long as she hears it from me, ‘This is what is going on with Dad, and I don’t want you to worry,’ that she would be OK. And she’s been great. It’s hard, because as fathers and providers we want to protect. I’m so used to putting them in front of me and putting everyone first and making sure everything is OK. I learned it’s OK to sometimes put ourselves first when it comes to our health because then we can get healthy and take care of everyone else again.

Roman Reigns on his advice to people who are struggling with cancer or any other disease: “If anyone is struggling, I hope they can look at me and know that I am no different than them. I hope they can look at me and see that light. ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’ And that after they get through this rough patch, that there is a beautiful light that surrounds you and helps you appreciate life and those around you so much more. That they aren’t alone and that many of us know what they are going through. Take strength from me, take strength from your friends and family.”