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In September 2014 Hayden was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He began a very intensive Induction Chemotherapy that completely wiped out his counts making him very susceptible to infections. During his time in the hospital, that lasted almost 4 months, Hayden fought several infections that kept him on isolation for most of this time. He was bed ridden for such a long time and developed neuropathy in his legs from the treatments that he had to work with a physical therapist and learn how to walk again. Then, three weeks before Christmas 2014 Hayden made a miraculous turn around in his health and he was discharged from the hospital a week before Christmas.
In January 2015 Hayden was declared in full remission from his leukemia. Although he was in remission, his therapy was not complete. He would successfully continue with his treatment until February 2017. It was during his monthly treatment in February 2017 that we found out that Hayden's leukemia had relapsed. This was not what we expected to hear when we were 10 months from being off therapy. So now Hayden is in a fight once again with his toughest opponent.
During this experience, Hayden became an enormous fan of professional wrestling and especially John Cena. which is appropriate considering John Cena's motto is "Never Give Up". Hayden has done exactly that. Hayden did not go looking for either of these fights with leukemia but he has embraced the role of being the champ. Leukemia has declared a rematch against The Champ and The Champ is not backing down!!!!