This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Man Who Overcame His Death Sentence. Earvin Magic Johnson

1389 words - 6 pages

Brown 1
Max Brown
Ms. Setser
English 9H
March 31st, 2014
The Man Who Overcame His Death Sentence
Earvin “Magic” Johnson did not earn his nickname of “Magic” for nothing. In 13 season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers he averaged a career double-double with 19.5 points and 11.2 assists per season (The Announcement). This led his team to many championships and put Magic in talks as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Sadly this career was cut short by a terrible disease that developed in the 1980’s called HIV. This has now made him an advocate for HIV awareness and also pushed him to form organizations to help find a cure for the HIV virus. During this time in history HIV was emerging all over America and for someone of Magic’s caliber to get it shocked the whole nation. Through Magic getting this disease and rising above it showed that it was possible to live through this terrible disease. Magic Johnson overcame the world by facing the adversity of his diagnosis, by facing the critics of how he got the disease, coming back to the sport he loved, and becoming a figure to help cure HIV.
One of the toughest times in Magic’s life was coming to grips with his diagnosis and then eventually having to announce it to the public. It all started one day when the Lakers had an exhibition game against the Utah Jazz. The team’s doctor Dr. Mellman called Johnson and told him he needed to get back to Los Angeles right that moment(Weinburg). Little did Johnson know that that his life was about to be altered forever. When he arrived

Brown 2
back Mellman then told Magic that he had been tested HIV positive(Weinburg). Magic then showed his first signs of mental toughness and ability to overcome when he got over his diagnosis, and began to think to the future and letting all of the public know why one of the biggest stars in the NBA would need to retire early. The next part of Magic’s life was probably the hardest and it was to let everyone know of his disease and how he would have to retire from the sport that he loved. He ended up deciding that he would do the announcement via a press conference open to reporters(Weinburg). As soon as this announcement was made there were questions swirling around the media. He was not gay how could he have HIV? When would he begin dying? How much longer did the once NBA great have to live(The Announcement). These were all questions that Magic had to face in this time and he answered them all well and began to seek treatment. This was just the beginning for things for Magic to overcome, but was probably the hardest thing he ever faced with in his life and he was able to manage it like he was once again a point guard making decisions on the basketball floor.
The next problem Johnson faced was supposed to be good news for the world to hear. All Magic wanted to do was get back on the basketball court and be cleared by doctors, but one thing stood in his way and this was his peers on the court. It all started when he...

Find Another Essay On The Man Who Overcame his Death Sentence. Earvin Magic Johnson

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

1516 words - 6 pages The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a HatIntroductionA well known Neurology and Psychology book is "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" is written by Oliver Sacks. Oliver Sacks is recognized as a physician and a neurologist and as well he is the familiar writer of nine other books (Goodwin, 233-235). "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" is about the narratives of his neurological disorder patients. Sacks wrote the case study of his patients

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

1098 words - 5 pages The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks is a novel featuring twenty-four individual cases of neurological disorders collected by Oliver Sacks himself, a well-known physician and neurologist. It is divided into four sections, which include a number of cases that relate to each section. These include: Losses, Excesses, Transports, and The World of the Simple. The first section of the book, Losses, focuses

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Report

1586 words - 6 pages The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Written By: Dr. Oliver Sacks Although the title suggests a comical book, Oliver Sacks presents an entirely different look on the mentally challenged/disturbed. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is a book that explains why a patient shows signs of losses, excesses, transports, and simplicity. Coincidentally, the book opens with its titling story, letting the reader explore the mind of an accomplish

Biography and Critical Analysis of James Weldon Johnson and his work "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man"

2261 words - 9 pages were created equal. Yet through the abuse and suppression, the black spirit has always found a way to triumph. In James Weldon Johnson's novel Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, written anonymously, James Weldon writes of a bi-racial man who lives the horrible life of a black man. After changing races, he realizes that he was freer when he was black because his sprit and mind triumphed, but his realization came too late. James Weldon Johnson, a

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

656 words - 3 pages “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales” Losses, Excesses, Transports, and The World of the Simple are all four topics in the book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales,” by Oliver Sacks. You might not understand what those mean or discuss until you realize who Oliver Sacks is. Oliver Sacks is a Neurologist who has had the chance to take upon these twenty-four case studies and share them in a

"Magik" An introduction to a story challenging the unseen; (A boy who has been outcast from society finds safety in his self created magic.)

787 words - 3 pages . Among a pile of rotting tree trunks he forged his black magic. He enticed new powers far deeper than the simple flower he had once summoned from the cracks in the earth. The ground around him was charred. The soles of his feet no longer burnt from the heat. His weary eyes no longer shone with contempt.How I intend to develop the story;-talks about his sisters death and how it effected him.-Magic is his escape, no one can relate to that.- Taken

That "Romeo and Juliet" is the story of a faint-hearted, melancholic young man who cannot control his emotions

930 words - 4 pages '"Romeo and Juliet" is the story of a faint-hearted, melancholic young man who cannot control his emotions.'Contrary to popular belief, the character of Romeo Montague from the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, was not brave or courageous to sacrifice himself in the name of love. He was actually a faint-hearted and suicidal young man, who was unable to hold control over his emotions and often made drastic decisions without

The story is about a young man who is abusive towards his wife, and how she rebounds

1763 words - 7 pages said with a deep and frightening voice. "Don't be alarmed I'm someone you can trust." He was a very tall man, with a build that any other man would desire. "What can I do for you?""I suspect my husband is doing something behind my back, can you follow him to find this out without him knowing?"We went to sit down in the kitchen. He took off his sunglasses and placed them on the table. He looked up with a raised eyebrow. The bruises on my body shone

The metamorphosis: a short story about gregor samsa,a man who devotes his life to his family and work, for nothing in return

690 words - 3 pages The Metamorphosis The Metamorphosis can be categorized as the type of book that is relevant to today's society and to Franz Kafka's expectations of the kind of books one should read. This book conveys a principled story to which one can learn from. It is a short story about Gregor Samsa, a man who devotes his life to his family and work, for nothing in return. Only when he is transformed into a helpless insect, then he begins to develop a self

Mr Ejaz: An Ordinary Man Who Lives His Life In An Extraordinary Way

3006 words - 12 pages Every person is an ordinary human being, but there are some people who influence others because they live an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. These people are and will be remembered beyond the course of their lives. Mr. Ejaz, an ordinary man by the societies’ standards, has influenced his community through his ideas and dreams. Many people in a conservative Muslim community would not have enough courage to work for women empowerment

Juveniles: Banning the Death Sentence

1282 words - 5 pages them by not allowing them the to vote, join the military (without parental consent), or buy/use alcohol and tobacco. Juries are reluctant to sentence juveniles to death, as evidenced in the “Sniper” Lee Malvo case, where the jury unanimously chose life in prison over the death penalty in spite of the heinous nature of his crimes. A poll conducted by ABC in 2003 found that majority of Americans preferred to spare Lee Malvo’s life over an execution

Similar Essays

Earvin (Magic) Johnson Jr Essay

304 words - 2 pages Earvin (Magic) Johnson jr.Let's talk about Magic Johnson. First lets talk about his greatest achievements. I think it was when he won the NCAA championship and (MVP) of the Final Four. He won also the NBA championship and the (MVP) of that to, all in two years. Some say that his greatest achievement is living ten years with AIDS or HIV. I agree that, that was also one of his greatest achievements.Magic Johnson was born august 14, 1959 in Lansing

Earvin"Magic"Johnson Biography Essay

1143 words - 5 pages them to NBA play-offs. His statue in front of the Staples Centre will always attract people and let them think who was this great legend that saved a team by himself. This essay talked about Magic Johnson’s life background, childhood, achievements, difficulties and crazy stuff he did in the 21st century.BibliographyMagic Johnson. 4th of March 2009., Dave. 2nd of March 2009. The story of the

The Man Who Is Endowed With Magic

1415 words - 6 pages “You won’t find anyone who can really explain the magic of Walt,” said Peter Ellenshaw—a Disney artist. “People see him either in black or white, but he was an extraordinary mixture. He was a common man who was endowed with a touch of magic” (Greene 6). This magic led Walt on one of the most extraordinary adventures anyone could ever wish to live. Walt grew up traveling from place to place as his father, Elias, worked day and night to make

Vice President Lydon Johnson: The Man Who Killed President Kennedy

2663 words - 11 pages theories about how and why this beloved man was killed. Most of them are about how and where the shot actually came from, but one of them sticks out the most because it is so bizarre to imagine. One of them looks at who really orchestrated the whole event. It is said that Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson is to blame. Johnson’s wanting desire to be the president, his links to the mafia, reports of his manipulation, and simply his prior