I got the February issue of WWE Magazine today, and WWE has run an article the last few issues on "The scars of the Superstars", where there would be a photograph of a Superstar who has a scar somewhere on their body, and then an little story of the Superstar telling how they got the scar.
In High School Zack Ryder had cancer and the scar on the right side of his chest is where the doctors had to insert ports directly into him so they could pump medicine directly into his lungs, where the cancer was. He said he had no white blood cells at one point and missed an entire year of school.
This is something I never knew. He said he doesn't like to talk about it because he doesn't want people to feel sorry for him or turn it into a sympathy issue.
Either way, it's a pretty amazing thing to overcome cancer at any age, and to still go on to realize his dream of being a WWE Superstar and to at one point last November and December to be featured in more prominent story lines than the WWE Champion....it's a feel good story.