India’s cancer-stricken World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has vowed to return ‘stronger than ever’ to competitive cricket, saying he was responding well to treatment in the US.
The ace all-rounder, named man-of-the-tournament after India’s World Cup triumph last year, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a rare condition called mediastinal seminoma, which is a malignant tumour located between his lungs.
“I have immense faith in the doctors here and by the grace of God I shall be back to my best soon,” said Yuvraj. “I’m on medication and the doctors have told me that I’m responding well and that I would be back playing cricket. I’m a fighter and I’ll return stronger than ever.”
Yuvraj admitted that he initially experienced mixed emotions after being told that he was suffering from cancer
“I was angry and confused. I was even repentant and kept thinking I could’ve done some things in life differently. However, I have a counsellor who’s helped me get over the initial shock of learning that I’ve cancer. I’ve come to terms with it now.”
Yuvraj said he drew inspiration from American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer to claim numerous Tour de France titles.
“I’m currently reading Armstrong’s book It’s Not About The Bike. I’m sure the book will motivate me and pull me through this difficult time.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2012.
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