Breast Cancer Is the Toughest Challenge Yet for This Olympic Gold Medalist

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Kikkan Randall is an American Olympian gold medalist and a mother to a young son. She won the gold medal in the women’s team sprint at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and she’s dedicated to fitness, wellness, and women’s rights. She’s a strong and awesome person, and it seems like nothing can stop her from accomplishing her goals. Not even cancer.

That’s right. Randall announced on July 11, 2018, that she is battling early-stage breast cancer and has just started chemotherapy treatment.

“The color pink has taken on a new chapter in my life as I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” Randall writes on Facebook. “Although we caught it early and the prognosis is good, my life will change quite a bit in the coming months.”

Randall admits that she was shocked to hear the news, but she’s bound and determined to go through her treatment with a positive attitude and stay active while she’s at it. She’s returned to her home in Anchorage, Alaska, for treatment, and she made sure to get a good workout in before her first chemotherapy session on Monday, July 9. She even rode her bicycle to and from the appointment (and wore her favorite pair of shoes for extra positivity).

“I have promised myself that I will remain positive and active and determined throughout my treatment. I am going to bring as much tenacity, strength, and energy toward this challenge as I have throughout my entire career.”

Friends and family went to the chemo appointment to support Randall and take photos to document her latest challenge. It looks like this lady will not be short on resources to help her fight her battle!

The Breast Cancer Site wishes Randall the best of luck as she begins this difficult journey. You can beat this!

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