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Novlene Williams-Mills opens up about breast cancer fight

Published:Monday | July 1, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Thirty-one-year-old Novlene Williams-Mills, five-time world, and three-time Olympic medallist, has opened up about her fight with breast cancer.

Williams-Mills spoke to the the Daily Mail about her June 25 2012, diagnosis, and later surgery.

Williams-Mills tells of surgeons removing a small lump in her breast three days after the London 2012 Olympics – where she won a bronze medal in the women's 4x400m relay.

Last week Williams-Mills lay on the track at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championships, after winning the women's 400m race, and qualifying for the World Championships in Moscow this August by running 50.01secs. 

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Reacting to the diagnosis Williams-Mills tells of feeling betrayal by her body, a sense of defeat as there is no training programme to fight cancer.

“It feels like your own body has betrayed you, like I’ve been stabbed, I’m an athlete. I work out, I train. It can’t be possible.”

The 400m champion had a double mastectomy.

“The mastectomy was scary because this is what makes me a lady. What am I going to look like? It was very difficult. I want to have kids one day and you see all those mothers out there nursing and I’m not going to be able to do that.”

Williams-Mills stressed that early detection is what saved her life.


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