Sherry Pollex is beautiful.

Not the kind of beautiful for which makeup and a hair straightener is required. No, she is the sort of beautiful that is natural, the sort of beautiful that is undeniable whether she is waking up or working out. On this particular morning at Chicagoland Speedway before the running of the Tales of the Turtles 400, the self-proclaimed country music fan, who loves Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, looks happy and content … and yes, gorgeous.

“Scary, right?” she says as she sits down in a lawn chair outside the motorhome she shares with her love and NASCAR favorite Martin Truex, Jr. “Cancer can be so deceiving. Someone can look perfectly healthy on the outside and be full of cancer on the inside. That’s probably one of the scariest parts of my disease. Just because you see somebody and they have hair and they look healthy doesn’t mean they always are.”

And she isn’t.

That’s the facts.

Sherry has ovarian cancer, despite two surgeries to get rid of the evil visitor to her body. She knows the statistics aren’t in her favor. And she knows that the fight doesn’t look to get any easier any time soon.

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“I started chemotherapy two weeks ago, and I’ll go in for treatment again and will do that for six months,” she tells Rare Country about the piece of devastating news she just shared officially via her much-followed blog on “Then we will kind of go from there and see what happens. The really scary part of ovarian cancer is that you don’t really know what is going to happen. You try new drugs and you hope one of them works.”

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And while anyone would look at a calendar filled with doctor visits and chemotherapy appointments with a sense of dread, Sherry says she sees her cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to teach people about the disease — to teach everyone what to look for and when to go to the doctor and how to live life with a life-threatening illness. That teaching comes via information featured both as part of and the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.

And that makes her beautiful.

And that makes her an inspiration.

And yes, that makes her a champion.

NASCAR’s cancer warrior gives update on her serious health battle Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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