UFC President Dana White talks to Punkass, Skyskrape and Ricky Bones about his struggles with Meniere’s Disease and how he got advice on treatment from the most unlikely of sources.
“I couldn’t be better. It’s amazing. This thing really put me down the last..a little over a year. It is unexplainable, you have to experience it to understand how bad it was. I was like I don’t care what we have to do let’s get this surgery. I do the surgery and the surgery fuck’s me up worse than I was before. I was so bad after the surgery, I was having attacks every day. I was starting to get to the point where I’m like ‘okay this is going to be the rest of my life. This is what I’m going to have to live with.’”
“Friggin A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) man. A-Rod reached out to me and got me into this place in Germany. They take your blood, spin it and put it back in you. Two days later I felt like Super Man. I felt like I was going to fly to work. I’m serious, I feel ten years younger. I feel like myself again and I couldn’t be happier.”
White went to Germany while he was in Sweden for UFC on FUEL TV 9 last month and has been doing better ever since that particular treatment.
For readers unfamiliar with Ménière’s disease, Wikipedia lists it as a “disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss. The hearing loss is fluctuating rather than permanent, meaning that it comes and goes, alternating between ears for some time, then becomes permanent with no return to normal function.”