Emotional Yuvraj recalls his struggles on Cancer Day

Last Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 18:53

Gurgaon: India cricketer Yuvraj Singh had tears rolling down his cheeks as he recalled his successful battle with cancer on a day, which is named after the dreaded disease.

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, Yuvraj spoke about the time after he was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs a few months post India`s World Cup triumph in 2011.

"Today is about survivorship. I didn`t believe when I was first told that I have cancer. I thought how can a young person like me get cancer. I thought it could never happen to me. It took me a while to realise that I was diagnosed with cancer," an emotional Yuvraj said.

Nearly a year back the stylish left-hander was battling a stage-1 cancerous tumour in his left lung at a hospital in Indianapolis and while his near ones remembered the tough time, Yuvraj could not control his tears.

"I always cry now, I have become a cry baby. I was feeling that life might come to an end," he said.

The event, hosted in collaboration with Crown Plaza Today, witnessed a gathering of cancer patients and survivors sharing their experiences of fighting the disease.

The 31-year-old said his aim now is to generate awareness and facilitate early detection of cancer through his initiative `YouWeCan`.

"I want to give back to the society. Many cancer patients die because their disease is not detected early. Also, there is a stigma attached to it. The need is to address those issues," he said.


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First Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 18:53

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