from our partnerFaithwire
written byWill Maule
An internationally-renowned star who last year announced that he was retiring due to a serious cancer diagnosis, has credited the power of God and prayer for his miraculous recovery.
In October last year, WWE star Roman Reigns shocked wrestling fans across the globe after announcing his immediate withdrawal from the sport due to the return of a serious blood cancer condition that had dogged him on and off for the best part of a decade.
“You know the deal, you know how life is,” Reigns said at the time, revealing he had leukemia. “Life is not fair, it’s not all peaches and cream. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. And right now the best thing for me to do is to go home, to focus on my family and my health.”
Reigns added that he would “take any prayer you can send my way,” as the crowd roared in support.
“I’m not looking for sympathy … because I have faith,” he declared.
However, in a stunning return to the WWE stage Monday night, Reigns said he had “hit a home run” in his cancer treatment, crediting the power of prayer for helping him overcome the disease.
Reigns admitted that before announcing his grave condition, he was “terrified,” and “insecure.”
“I didn’t really know if I wanted to share that secret with the world,” he said.
But following the shocking news, Reigns noted that the outpouring of love and prayer had been utterly “overwhelming.”
“I mean between people texting me and calling me and tweeting me, Instagramming me, Facebooking me—if there was a way to get to me, y’all figured out how to do it,” he explained. “The amount of thoughts, the number of blessings, the amount of prayers that you sent my way is completely overwhelming and God-sent. Thank you so much.”
“I am telling you that so many people prayed for me that God’s voicemail was full … to the max,” he added.
The support, he said gave him “new life, a new opportunity and a new purpose.”
“I truly believe [God] was in His head thinking, ‘Man, what is going on down there? All for this one guy? All these people?’” Reigns laughed. “That was the magnitude. That was how strong it was to be surrounded by y’all’s love and y’all’s grace. To be able to feel that, the strength that you gave me. I can do anything with that type of strength and love.”
In an interview with Good Morning America, Reigns added that the unwavering prayer and support made him feel like he was “surrounded by guardian angels.”
Reigns declared that he was now going to use his WWE platform “to raise awareness, and to support those who are in need just like I was.”
That statement was met with a huge round of applause that echoed throughout the vast arena.
“The good news is–I’m in remission y’all,” Reigns bellowed. “The big dog is back.”
Such awesome news! Keep Roman in your prayers as he continues to fight off this awful disease.