The American cross-country skier Kikkan Randall won Olympic Gold in February, after which she contracted breast cancer.
She leads her fight in public, because she wants to help other affected people.
In the social networks she experiences great sympathy.
Something felt weird. Kikkan Randall had spent Mother's Day with husband Jeff and son Breck as she brushed across her chest just before falling asleep – and thought he had touched a rib. But when she touched it again, she realized that what she was feeling was not a rib but a knot in the chest.
The uneasy feeling was confirmed in a first unbelievable diagnosis: breast cancer. Kikkan Randall turns 36 in December, and only in February did she achieve her greatest success: Olympic gold in cross country team sprint with Jessica Diggins. At the end of the season Randall had retired after 17 years in the World Cup. So instead of being able to deal with their professional life in the following months, Randall suddenly struggled to survive.
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As is her style, she also shares this fight with the public. Even as a cross-country skier, the athlete from Anchorage (Alaska) had already noticed with her joy of communication and her constant laughter. Social media uses them less for self-marketing than for information. As an American cross-country skier, she was an exotic girl on the scene and away from home for about six months a year. That's why her regular posts were also used to reveal travel life with all its advantages and disadvantages.
The disease, which is often whispered, wants to bring it to consciousness
When Randall gave birth to son Breck two and a half years ago, she also became a pioneer in the World Cup. She helped other cross-country mothers to combine motherhood and athleticism – giving mothers and their toddlers a retreat near the stadium, for example.
Pink pioneer was called Randall, because she always competed with a pink strand in her hair competitions. Pink in her hair can no longer wear her since summer. Her hair fell off during the first of six chemotherapy cycles. However, Randall anticipated this failure in their own way.
When first strands broke, she had her hair completely cut off – and posed bald for her blog, which she provides daily with new short videos.
Hairless she presents herself in public beyond the online world. Once again, Randall thinks in a big way – and wants to give breast cancer patients a face, and show how the fight against the disease affects. So she wants to help bring into the broader consciousness a disease that one likes to talk about only in a whisper. For example, when a bald woman enters the room.
That's why she talks on her blog and in articles about how she is, what she feels or thinks. That her chances of surviving this fight against cancer are very intact, of course, helps her with this new major task.