In an exclusive documentary, Nate Robinson opens up in detail about his battle with Renal Kidney Failure
Former NBA star Nate Robinson has revealed that he has been battling with Renal Kidney Failure for over a decade. In an interview with "Playmaker HQ" Robinson explains that he kept his condition quiet from the outside world during his 11-year stint in the NBA. He now wants to speak out and be the voice for those fighting the same fight as him worldwide.
Diagnosis In 2006
In 2006, as a member of the New York Knicks, Robinson's doctor found his blood pressure extremely high. As any franchise would do for precautionary reasons, they ran tests on Robinson and found that his kidneys were failing him.
As shocking of a blow that was for Robinson, it did not stop him from his NBA dreams.
Robinson explains he would go against the team rules and play in games even with high blood pressure. "I used to always go against the grain because I thought I was young and invincible, Robinson says. "I did not know when it would catch up to me."
Robinson dealt with being sick and throwing up uncontrollably because of his kidney disease. He would spend days in the hospital to recover. It was a routine he had to deal with for many years.
As if that was not enough, his doctor told him that in his late 30's his kidneys would probably deteriorate over time.
Faith And Perseverance
Through all the hardships, Robinson did not let the disease defeat him. He is the most decorated player in NBA Dunk Contest history and won the award in 2006, 2009, and 2010.
Robinson averaged 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and three assists throughout his career. He defied the odds with his 5'9 stature and awed crowds with his freakish athletic ability.
It is incredible Robinson mustered an 11-year career in the NBA with his circumstances. His faith in God is what has gotten him through the tough times. "Just having faith and having God by your side, Robinson says." "He does not put you through things he knows you cannot handle. He knows I can handle this. I'm going to be a living testimony for other kids and people around the world to know they can get through something like this."
We are praying with and for you, Nate Robinson. And when you win this battle with Renal Kidney Failure, continue to be a light for those looking for guidance.