Gurgaon, Feb 5: India's Yuvraj Singh had tears rolling down his cheeks as he recalled his struggles on battling cancer on the occasion of World Cancer Day on Monday.
World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer exactly a year ago on Feb 5, 2012. Yuvraj, who was present at an event hosted in collaboration with Crown Plaza Today which also witnessed cancer patients and survivors shared his experience of battling the dreaded disease.
Yuvraj while explaining the struggle exactly a year ago after being diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer in the left lung, couldn't control his tears as he could feel the pain of battling cancer.
"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.
Following his treatment and rehabilitation, Yuvraj Singh made a strong comeback to the national T20 side during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and later became a regular in ODI and Test team.
Yuvraj Singh interacts with a cancer survivor
Yuvraj Singh interacts with another cancer survivor on World Cancer Day during an event in Gurgaon on Monday.
Yuvraj Singh signs autographs
India's Yuvraj Singh obliges as he signs autographs for Cancer survivors during an event in Gurgoan on Monday.
Yuvraj Singh with mother Shabnam
India's Yuvraj Singh with mother Shabnam during an event to mark World Cancer Day in Gurgaon on Monday.
Yuvraj also expressed how he used to feel while thinking about those days, as he felt he would never play cricket again and he had no future.
"I always cry now, I have become a cry baby. I was feeling that life might come to an end," he said, while addressing the cancer patients and survivors on World Cancer Day at Gurgaon on Monday.
The Cancer-survivor also said that he wanted to create awareness about cancer and facilitate detection of the dreaded disease through his initiative 'YouWeCan'.
Overwhelmed by the support he received from the cricketing fraternity, fans and family, Yuvraj feels he got the much needed encouragement from his well-wishers and strength to fight Cancer.
"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.