High jumper Chaunte Lowe takes aim after eliminating cancer
American high jump champion Chaunte Lowe is motivated by a desire to show people that they can overcome any challenge as she trains for her fifth Olympics after being diagnosed Cancer last year.
The 36-year-old was diagnosed in June with an aggressive form of breast Cancer that required a double mastectomy and five months of gruelling chemotherapy sessions.
The treatments destroyed every cell in her body, but she continued to train and has since recovered in a way that she never thought was possible.
Surprisingly, I feel great, Lowe told Reuters from his Orlando home.
I'm about to run times that I haven't run in years. I am able to lift weights that I haven't lifted in a long time.
I am beginning to feel like myself.
Lowe, an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008 who holds the outdoor and indoor U.S. records for women's high jump , said she hopes her journey will inspire others facing adversity.
When I train every day, it's not about me, he said.
It's about letting women know that you can traverse difficult terrain and still be able to reach your goals.
We are resistant. That's what I hope women will see when they see me compete for the United States team.
Lowe said she saved her own life by discovering the breast Cancer during a self-exam and hopes to spread the message that women should routinely check themselves and seek help if they discover anything suspicious.
Going through chemotherapy made her skin sensitive and she later partnered with the Olay skincare company.
NEXT TO THE OLYMPIC DELAY
Lowe may be the weirdest thing: an Olympic athlete who will benefit from a year's delay in Tokyo Games , which were delayed until the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no question about it, he said when asked if the new timeline improves his chances of being part of the United States Team again.
But at the same time, you have to stay focused for much longer.
With gyms closed and tracks locked, Lowe has been forced to take training matters into her own hands.
She recently went to a local hardware store and is now building a high jump apron for her back yard, something she never thought she would be doing.
Yes, there will definitely be an Instagram, social media expert Lowe said of his homemade team's pending debut.
I never thought in a million years that this would happen, but I have to consider my health and well-being even after the closing orders are lifted, he said.
I need to keep my immune system as healthy as possible and I will probably have to stay home longer than I am used to when it comes to my training.