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Magic Johnson and his battle with dyslexia and ADD


Magic Johnson  actually did add magic in all his games and has a huge fan following till date even though he took voluntary retirement from his basketball career in 1991 after he received the shattering diagnosis of HIV. Magic also focused on this point that everyone is special in their own unique ways and once said, “You don’t have to be Magic to be special. You’re already special, you’re you,” basketball-plays-and-tips-com writes.

Magic Johnson is also dyslexic, a fact that gave him a hard time while he was at school. “The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.”

He was also diagnosed with HIV in 1991. Soon after Magic announced his retirement from professional basketball. It was not easy for Magic Johnson to live a life without basketball for which he passionately played for so many years. About retiring from basketball, he told CNN: “The first year was hard for me to deal with. The second year was a little bit easier, but still difficult. It took me five years to get it out of me. It was a difficult moment, a difficult time”.

After his retirement, he has been part of many AIDS awareness programs in order to serve the society. His main hope in life is to eradicate the disease that killed two million people last year.

He fought every hurdle in his life brilliantly and has been a true inspiration for many of us.

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD include Will SmithMichael PhelpsJim Carrey and Jamie Oliver.


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