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br>Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has just made it public that he Cancer (CML, a rare form of leukemia). And he’s telling his story now, after a year of battling in private, because he wants everyone in his shoes to take care of themselves properly:

“Having lost one of my closest friends to a different, highly aggressive form of leukemia, I knew how serious my diagnosis was,” said Abdul-Jabbar, 62.

“My own life expectancy became a question mark.” Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 1989. He was diagnosed with CML in December 2008 and is being treated with a medicine that targets the abnormal protein that causes his leukemia. With treatment, Abdul-Jabbar, who currently is a coach with the Lakers, is expected to live a full, active life.

“I’m telling my story to encourage fellow patients to take charge of their health,” he said. “Work closely with your doctor, monitor your disease and, above all, take your medicine.”

Yardflex prays that Kareem wins this fight of his life.