Lazreena Bajaj used to weigh 96 kilos, having recovered from partial paralysis, in spite of having been told by doctors that she wouldn’t be able to, after beating breast cancer. However, she still felt unwell and was struggling hard to return to who she used to be.

Today, 2 years later, the 35-year-old woman is a top-level professional cyclist with 12 podium finishes at events all across the country. And she feels better than ever, all because of the new hobby she decided to pick up. Recounting her inspirational journey to recovery, her husband Mohit said,

After her illness, she brought home a cycle one day. I was shocked. My family and I were not comfortable. But she pursued it and has achieved so much. She was always a wonderful mother, and now also a champion.

Lazreena was afflicted with partial paralysis in 2007, after giving birth to her son. And if that wasn’t horrific enough, in the middle of her recovery, Lazreena was also diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the very next year. However, since the Cancer was still in the initial stages, it was treatable, and she made a full recovery, though the process was long and excruciating.

My body weight shot up because of a heavy dose of steroids. I used to think I will run and shed the flab in two to three months. I started to run, but I couldn’t. I could only walk but not too fast. At that point, I realized that this is not going to be an easy journey.

When jogging and walking proved unfruitful, Lazreena decided to give cycling a try in 2012, finding it to be an excellent cardio workout and was also hard on her body. But the results were slow, and she would only cycle once or twice a week, still feeling weak and worn out. It was only in 2014 that she decided to take up cycling more seriously, and started doing it every day.

woman beat Cancer to become a racing star

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She found that, by then, she could ride up to 10km daily, which renewed her confidence in herself. However, Lazreena had yet another hurdle to cross.

I bought a professional cycle but my in-laws and husband were not in favour of it. For the first couple of months, the cycle kept lying at my place.

Eventually, her family did end up bowing down to her iron resolve, and Lazreena competed in her first professional race in June 2014 – The Peloton Riders 40km Criterion in Gurgaon. Shutting up everyone who had ever doubted her, she won the gold medal, and there was no looking back from there anymore for Lazreena Bajaj.

woman beat Cancer to become a racing star

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Since then, she has gone on to win medals in two separate long distance races, one in Rajasthan, and another in a mountain biking event in Gurgaon. But, Lazreena says that her biggest achievements weren’t her medals, it was her battle to survive, in the face of crushing obstacles and diseases. After proving herself to everyone, including herself, she now wants to set an example for other women, who she feels do not properly take care of their health.