Yuvraj Singh admits life has changed post Cancer

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Updated: Monday, July 9, 2012, 13:40 [IST]
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New Delhi, Jul 9: India's World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh admits that he was a different individual. Post Cancer treatment life seems to be changed for the stylish left-hander, as he said the toughest phase of life helped him understand his life better.

I was a different individual: Yuvraj

"Life is simple for me. I now look to see how I can make a difference to the society, difference to someone's life. All the adulation, fame and money are fine, but I know that family and friends are the real pillars of my life.

"This phase has made me understand myself better. It has taught me to be humble and make myself accessible to people who need me," said the ace cricketer, talking to reporters.

Yuvraj Singh, who launched 'YouWeCan'foundation at New Delhi on Saturday which focuses on awareness of early detection and removing the stigma, said having undergone such a tough phase after diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer, he decided to create an awareness among people by early detection which also played an important part in the fight for survival.

"Now I know what it is and I make an extra effort to hold his (cancer patient's) hand and make him understand he has to fight it. Almost eight lakh people die of cancer in India because they are not tested properly. Early detection is also an important part of the fight. It makes it easier to save a life."

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, he siad it was very tough to play cricket after a long time as his body was shaking, all the muscles started aching which made the initial phase of training very tough.

Yuvraj also said that he fought the cancer and the subsequent fatigue with a lot of determination.

"It was amazing to get back on the field after what I've gone through. To have initial ‘nets' was very special for me; I was so anxious and nervous; my first sprint was amazing. From a wheelchair to be what I am, is a great feeling. I am happy to just come back on the field."

He also explained the difficulty he faced while playing cricket, after recovering from the dreaded disease.

The bat did not come from where it should have, but Yuvraj's feet were moving and the hand-eye co-ordination was the same. "The body was broken, but I knew it would all come back slowly. I was getting scared of the leather ball hitting me; I started disliking my favourite colour (red); but this anxiety has to go away. I've to be confident when I get on to the field."


Story first published:  Monday, July 9, 2012, 12:11 [IST]
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