39. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an absolute NBA legend, was given some life-changing news back in 2008. He was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia. This is a slow and progressing type of blood cancer. What was his motivation throughout this diagnosis? It was all about staying alive. He treated it by being diligent in his doctors appointments, regular blood tests, and sticking to the prescribed medication. This type of blood cancer can be managed with the proper treatment, and Kareem believes that early detection and a healthy dose of positivity are key.