Mr. T: Tougher Than Cancer
“I pity the fool” was actor, armed forces veteran, wrestler and weightlifter Mr. T’s favorite catch phrase. Born Lawrence Tureaud, Mr. T has been on the big screen, small screen and everywhere in between with his signature “tough-guy” attitude. He says, “To the women, the ‘T’ stands for tender. To the thugs, ‘T’ stands for tough.”
But the toughness wasn’t just for the cameras. Mr. T had the toughest fight of his life when he was diagnosed with a rare T-cell lymphoma cancer. But the former A-Team star bounced back to great health thanks to his diet and faith.
“My momma always told me to treat people right, eat good, live good and pray…and everything else will fall into place,” confesses Mr. T.
The then 51-year-old star insists his odd diet of chicken and peanut butter helped him build up his strength as he continues to beat cancer. He says, “I eat a whole rotisserie chicken for breakfast every day. It’s nice and moist from the health food store.”
“Later, I have a peanut butter sandwich with a banana and some apple sauce. All that helps to get me through the day.”
Mr T, who is no longer undergoing chemotherapy, says his diet has got him feeling so good that he’d like to jump back in the ring. Below is an account of what the now 64-year-old went through:
“The cancer came back and I went to the doctor,” explained Mr. T. “There was some stuff on my back and what-not and I went to my doctor. Then he saw it and then he said ‘I think it’s time to go to chemotherapy.’ That’s when it hit me – the whole thing of cancer, because you know, when you hear of cancer, you know, chemotherapy, people’s hair falls out and they get skinny.
But Mr. T. had a different plan.