They faced. They conquered and they made news. We have compiled a list of athletes who have made it big after fighting it out with major health issues. These sportsmen are awe-inspiring –they have not only succeeded in their fields but have made history after undergoing through life threatening conditions. Read Below…
Mario Limieux is considered as one of the best ice hockey players the world has seen – on knowing the adversities he faced, his credibility multiplies manifolds. Early in his career, Mario’s back injury progressed into a herniated spinal disc which had to be operated. Although he could not bend and tie his laces himself, he created havoc in the game for opponents, scoring goals and trophies. This wasn’t the end. In the midst of his best season when he was chasing records in the National Hockey League, Mario was detected with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer of the lymph nodes. He even flew to play on the day of his last radiation. Yet another back surgery did not stop him and he went on to create records and was inducted In the Hockey Hall of Fame.
One of the most famous road-racing cyclists, Lance Armstrong was detected with advanced testicular cancer just when his career had started picking up. His cancer had spread to his brains, lungs and abdomen. As per the doctors, he had no chance of survival but they told Lance that he had 20%-50% chance, just to give him hope and survive, he did – that too heroically. Lance came back to the racing track and went on to make records
He is clearly one of the best footballers in the world – But the road towards success was shrouded by Growth Hormone Deficiency – a disease that did not permit him to grow the same as most other children. At a young age of 11, he had to take injections every night for a period of 3 years to grow. He knew he had to undergo treatment to fulfill his dream of becoming a footballer and the rest is history.
Former World No. 1 tennis player, Venus Williams is an inspiration to one and all. Several injuries apart, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome – an autoimmune disease characterized by degeneration of the mucus-secreting glands – they occur when the body’s natural defenses start attacking the healthy tissues. It resulted in fatigue, loss of energy and joint pains, forcing her to leave Tennis. But she did come back, and what a comeback she made! World Ranking 135, 2012 to World No.11 in February, 2015 after a host of winning sprees and yet another back injury!
Indian Cricketer, Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with cancerous tumour in his left lung at the height of his International career. In 2011, Yuvraj fought the disease and after full recovery, came back to the cricket arena in 2012. Today, he is not only the leading run-scorer in the Indian Cricket Team but has also been conferred with the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.