32 Years After His Wife Feared His Death, NBA Legend Magic Johnson Reveals One Reason Why He Is Alive Today

Published 09/27/2023, 10:50 AM EDT

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Magic Johnson’s HIV diagnosis in 1991 sent shockwaves through the NBA world. Very little was known about his disease and many were scared, including his wife Cookie Johnson. But thanks to the advanced medical science, he stands robust today with a clean bill of health. However, there was another element that played a role. Recently, the legend made a profound revelation about the pivotal factor that saved his life.

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Let’s explore more about the former NBA player and health advocate’s eye-opening revelation.

What saved Magic Johnson’s life?

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Apart from a successful basketball career, he continued to actively engage in his endeavors to raise awareness of rare diseases. Removing the misconception and discrimination revolving around the disease is equally important. In his recent endeavor to raise awareness for RSV in the Northeast Bronx YMCA, he spoke about his past. Candidly disclosing the critical importance of proactive health measures, Johnson said, “I’m going to tell you what saved my life, early detection. If I didn’t go, I wouldn’t be here 32 years later.”

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He emphasized that his remarkable journey, spanning 32 years since his diagnosis, would not have been possible without timely medical intervention. Johnson’s revelation serves as a reminder of the transformative power of early detection in combating life-threatening health challenges. Later on, he went on to share more about the importance of awareness of the RSV in adults. Alongside doctors, the Los Angeles Lakers legend shared his knowledge to educate the Bronx citizens.

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Looking back on the past, Cookie Johnson’s support in the legend’s life was commendable.

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Cookie Johnson was scared of losing Magic Johnson

While many suggested she walk away from the relationship, she took a different decision. Expressing her concern, she said, “‘Oh my god, he’s going to die’. And then I had to make a decision, and I loved him very much and so, I didn’t think about all the rest of it. To me, the main thing was let’s help him live.”

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Cookie’s decision to bravely embrace the situation and fight was a major support for the legend. His message resonates not only within the realm of sports but also as a testament to the value of one’s well-being. 

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Pritha Debroy

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Pritha is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. She has long been a fan of the NBA and the Portland Trail Blazers. With prior experience in lifestyle writing, she aims to deliver a fair assessment of the happenings from the NBA world, both on and off the court.
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