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Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet – Mayura Shivalkar

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When Mayura Shivalkar crossed the finish line in 70.3 (miles) Ironman Colombo in February 2018, there wasn’t a winners’ medal waiting for her at the podium- but her family, doctors and people aware of her resilient background, already knew what Mayura had achieved- she became India’s only cancer surviving triathlete to complete the half ironman – a thought that seemed impossible at first.

Mayura Shivalkar who completed the event in a time of 7 hrs 25 mins against a closing cut off time of 8.30 hours managed to take the challenge successfully.

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In Feb 2020, she came 1st and Men and women category out of 42, She stood at 18th position in the Tigerman Nagpur Competition.

Mayura ShivalkarMayura said What an awesome experience, I do one event in Feb since 2018, just to remind you that I am alive and going strong, it’s a mental game, coming out of my own personal challenges and FEAR.

She says – Happy that got PODIUM and won the race in overall women’s category, awesome feeling to be a first TIGER(wo)MAN of Nagpur.

46-year-old Mayura Shivalkar. Mayura is not just a daughter, a wife, and a mother but this 46-year-old is also a Triathlete who has completed the Iron Man (swimming, cycling and running) while being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mayura ShivalkarShe underwent 8 chemotherapies, 30 radiation sessions while training for her marathons. Mayura right now has to her credit 7 full marathons, 30 + half marathons- the most recent being the Mumbai Marathon that took place in January 2020.

The battle against Cancer has taught me a lot; the uncertainties in life and how we take life for granted. We should never neglect the smallest of medical conditions and get regular checkups done.

A one-hour session for physical and mental fitness is a must,” Mayura says.

She believes her unrelenting attitude in the face of difficulties is what helped her survive cancer.

Having been through this journey, I now wish to spread awareness that overcoming cancer can be equivalent to conquering any other challenge in the shortest possible time – after proper treatment. That’s why I finished my race with the quote – “Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet”.

Running made me more strong – mentally and physically. It taught me to face the odds with a smiling face. I feel all women above the age of 40 should run to avoid depression and menopause issues.” Mayura concluded.

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