NASCAR’s cancer warrior reaches a crucial point in her health journey 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 been rooting for Sherry Pollex ever since the moment the words came out of her mouth – “I have cancer.” And from that moment, fans have hoped and prayed for the best for the love of champion driver Martin Truex Jr.’s life, even though the statistics seemed stacked against her.

But on Feb. 6, there was a reason to smile.

“Last chemo baby!” Sherry wrote on her Instagram alongside a pic of her marking the last day of this current round of chemo treatments, which she began in September of 2017.

“I started chemotherapy two weeks ago, and I’ll go in for treatment again and will do that for six months,” Sherry told Rare Country during an interview last year as she had just entered back into chemo after an ovarian cancer relapse. “Then we will kind of go from there and see what happens,” she continued. “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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NASCAR fans will recall that Sherry was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer back in 2014. But it has been a season of hope for Sherry, as she touched upon during a recent inspirational Instagram post. “This has been really hard for me to do,” she wrote alongside an inspirational quote about hoping for the best. “I’ve been a ‘worrier’ my whole life. But there’s something so peaceful about not worrying about tomorrow and just living for today. It takes practice. Meditation. Time spent in the present. It’s so powerful to believe in the good. Try it.”

It’s this hope that has certainly gotten Sherry to where she is now and made her as strong as possible going into the NASCAR season, which officially kicks off in Daytona in just a few short weeks.

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“I know the statistics of my disease,” she said in her wildly popular blog back in September of 2017. “Yes, I know it’s deadly. But aren’t we all going to die? There is no written code somewhere that says I will die before any one of my friends or family. None of us knows when our last day here will be. I refuse to live in fear — in fear of the what ifs, the statistics. I’m too busy enjoying all the amazing things God has put in my path right now.

“It’s like that Tim McGraw song ‘Live Like You Were Dying,’” she added during her interview with Rare Country last year. “That’s just what you do. You want to make memories and you want to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise do, so I definitely think those sunsets and everything about life are that much more special. I guess that’s the one gift cancer gives you.”

And while none of us can see the future, we can all celebrate the present.

And today, we are celebrating with you, Sherry.

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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