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We Indians feel so proud when India Wins the World Cup; it’s like a celebration for us. Imagine the joy and contentment the players would feel at that very moment. It was April 2, 2011; When Yuvraj Singh lifted the precious ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He played like a boss in the 2011 World Cup with both the bat and the ball -- 362 runs and 15 wickets -- and he was right at the top of his game. Few were surprised when he was named Man of the Series during the closing ceremony! But Right in the afterglow of the 2011 World Cup Victory, Indian Cricketer Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung, which was confirmed to be Seminoma Lung Cancer. He stated, "It was a very dark moment".
Yuvraj kept ignoring many early symptoms during the tournament so that he could just stay focused on his game.
In one of his interview, he said -
“At first I was in denial about it — playing for India was more important than my health and for a few months I chose to ignore the blood I spat out or my decline in stamina."
He discovered why these symptoms were taking place after he visited his doctor who revealed his worst nightmare.
“I cried like a baby. When no one could see me or hear me. Not because I feared what cancer would do, but because I didn't want the disease. I wanted my life to be normal, which it could no longer be!”
He proceeded to undergo chemotherapy treatment in Boston and Indianapolis, and was discharged in March 2012 after his third and final cycle of Chemotherapy. He returned to India in April.
When he came back, nobody gave Yuvraj a chance! With Youths continually being blooded in the Indian Team, no one gave a thought that Yuvraj would probably make a rebound. In any case, he did! It was difficult, he was chided for the moderate innings in the 2014 World T20 Final against Sri Lanka where the Islanders won by six wickets.
Yuvraj, however, said that he wanted to prove a point by just playing for India again and that was his biggest motivation.
"I wanted to prove a point that I could come back and play for India. That was my biggest motivation. I wanted to prove that point to myself, as much as to anyone else. Everybody said you can't, and I said I can. It was mind over matter. I had some good games, some bad games; I was in and out of the team.
"But I still managed to play a lot of cricket after that - I played a couple of T20 World Cups and a bit of one-day cricket when everybody said that it won't be possible. That's the biggest joy in life when people say it is not possible and you can make it possible. People thought that my career was over after cancer, and I came back and registered my highest one-day score. That was only self-belief, nothing else."
In numerous consequent media interviews, Yuvraj has pointed out the significance of accepting cancer at a symptomatic stage, accepting the diagnosis, battling disease the correct way and remaining idealistic all through the treatment.
“It’s only once I accepted cancer that I could beat it. When life knocks down you have a choice — to get up. So I thought to myself, ‘get up and do it again." - Yuvraj Singh
That goes out for each individual who is battling with the disease - be it a patient, or a relative ( of the cancer patient) or even specialists who treat them all day every day. We have to recall Yuvraj's greatest takeaway.
His comeback and his motivation are truly inspiring and we hope for a better health on his journey to the future.
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