Collected Wisdom: Wayman Tisdale

By Jenni Carlson Modified: May 17, 2009 at 12:55 am •  Published: May 17, 2009


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I’d spent quite awhile going to (record) companies saying, "Hi, I’m Wayman Tisdale, I’m with the Phoenix Suns,” and watching them turn their heads and say, "Oh, no, not another novelty project.” So ... I just decided I was going to put my album out on my own.

I just love people, and I feel like entertainment goes right in line with my personality. Whether it’s on the stage or playing basketball, it’s just what I’ve been called to do on this Earth.

The break was a blessing. Thank God they discovered it when the leg broke.

I was the type of person that didn’t even take a lot of medicine. I can’t even remember the last time I was sick. Then for this to happen ... when they first told me, I was like, "No, not me.”

It’s a matter of wills. Is it going to beat me, or am I going to beat it? There were some nights where I thought it was getting the best of me. You just have to plow through it.

I’m probably the most positive thinker I know.

My mom said, "It could’ve been in your arms. It could’ve been anywhere. It could’ve hindered you from what you were doing. This will slow you down, but it’s not going to stop you.

It hasn’t stopped me.

The first round of chemo was tough. The second round was tougher. I don’t see how something that could make you so sick could be good for you.

I saw this disease at its core at M.D. Anderson. We’d share blankets sometimes in the waiting room because we were so cold. When I saw that, I was like, "You know what? This will not go unsaid, untouched. I will be back. I will help the same people that I saw.”

I saw ground zero.

You won’t hear me complain. You won’t hear me give a pity party.

I’ve had a great life. I’ve rode it to the wheels. You can’t imagine the life I’ve had. I feel so blessed and honored.

I just want people to think of me as a good person. I want them to think of me as a person who is having fun and bringing happiness to everybody.

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