NASCAR’S cancer warrior gives fans health update about cancer battle Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, and Sherry Pollex celebrate in victory lane after winning during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR has long been as much about the stories on the track as it is about the stories off the track. And one of the stories that we have long been following with empathy is the ovarian cancer battle of Sherry Pollex, longtime girlfriend of NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr.

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As previously reported by Rare Country, Sherry recently completed her final chemo treatment after a relapse she endured in 2017.

“There is always this battle between keeping myself healthy and supporting [Martin],” Sherry told Rare Country in a recent interview. “I’m going to try to get to the grid on Sunday because I know people want to see me, but with the flu going around and everyone wanting to hug or touch me, it just can be a little dangerous after chemo. I might be hanging a bit in the bus until the big race.”

Indeed, she did get on the grid on Feb. 18 before the Daytona 500, looking amazingly good despite the seriousness of her illness, and even posing for some pics she later shared on Twitter.

“Don’t feel great but don’t feel terrible, so I’ll take it,” she said on her Twitter account when a fan asked how she was feeling. “Happy to be healthy enough to be here.”

And so are we.

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Now that her chemo is through, Sherry says that she will continue to be on drug inhibitors, which will start up again in roughly eight weeks.

“I will be on those for the rest of my life, or until there is another recurrence, which you pray and hope doesn’t happen,” Sherry tells Rare Country.

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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