Actor Evan Handler, known for his role on Sex and the City, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in his early 20s, but survived the disease. He spoke of the experience on the NPR program Talk of the Nation:
I had the odd experience of living life kind of backwards. In my mid-20s, instead of living my young adulthood, I was reduced to essentially a dying, old man. I escaped that situation and came back to life, and then the story, to me, becomes interesting from the moment I was kind of declared cured of what I was told was an incurable illness.
Behemoth musician Adam Darski was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. He is in recovery, thanks to a successful bone marrow transplant. He opened up about the experience in his biography Confessions of a Heretic, stating:
I knew that I had a challenge. When you go through a dark forest and you know that there is something hiding in the dark, you start panicking. But when you see your enemy in the light, you focus on strategy, on how you will play it. I like fighting and playing, so I treated my sickness as a challenge, like a game of chess.
Actor and leukemia survivor Lew Temple said that overcoming the disease changed his life. In a 2017 interview with The Daily Journal, he said:
It impacted not only my acting, but my life. I wish everyone could have the point of view without the experience. Where your yesterdays don’t mean anything, and all you have is here and now. That’s how everyone should be living.
Bulgarian soccer player Stiliyan Petrov was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, but the disease went into remission later that year after treatment. He discussed his leukemia diagnosis in a 2013 interview, saying:
I went in and the doctor just said to me: “We’re positive you’ve got leukemia.” I had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is usually what kids get. The main thing with that is the success rate of treating it is between 90 and 95 percent, which give me a great hope.