Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons On Battling Multiple Myeloma: “I Got This”

Richard D. Parsons multiple myeloma

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Richard D. Parsons has always been in control of his life. As a powerful businessman, Parsons stepped in to replace the racist Donald Sterling as interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers while also boasting a lengthy resume as former chairman of Citigroup and Time Warner CEO.

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But there’s one thing that was out of Parsons’ control – his diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM).

Last month, Parsons opened up about his ongoing battle with the rare blood cancer in an interview with Fortune Magazine.

“I’ve been now on chemotherapy for quite some time – about a year and a half, closing in on two years – and they’ve really knocked the cancer down,” Parsons explained. “The issue now is how to keep it down.”

Parsons learned of his disease about a year and a half ago. He’s one of the 30,000 or so multiple myeloma diagnoses for African American men every year in the U.S.