As reported yesterday, Piper was recently forced to pull out of several scheduled appearances. In a sad update on the situation, there are reports that Piper’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer has returned and the outlook is not good. Piper, 55, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in November 2006 after doctors found a cancerous tumor on a disc in his spine. Piper credited WWE for saving his life, as a WWE physical exam is what led to the cancer being discovered in the first place. Back pains forced Piper to leave WWE‘s tour of Europe and return to North America in order to undergo surgery. In the weeks that followed, he spent the majority of his time in a local hospital, undergoing extensive radiation treatment in hopes of killing the cancer that had invaded his body. Piper was doing better for a while and the cancer went into remission.
Virtually everybody knows somebody who has been affected by the evil disease. Please keep Roddy Piper in your prayers as he faces the toughest battle of his life.
UPDATE: A source close to Rowdy Roddy Piper has stated that Piper’s condition is not as bad as previous reports indicated and that his diagnosis is NOT terminal. A statement from Piper’s camp is expected shortly.