Inspiring stories.. Age is just a number- Mrs Bhanumathy
On Sep 30th at the Expo and on Race day, 1st Oct we got to interact with a few veterans who were into sports and running, including marathons. We kick off the series with a woman who had quite a few inspiring stpries to share…
At the Expo, we got the opportunity to meet, listen to and interact with Mrs Bhanumathy, 63 who is an active sportswoman, has been running marathons and is a cancer survivor. She told us about her life and things that she has accomplished, and hopes to in the coming years.
From a young age she has been into sports – Shotput. Hammer throw, discus throw and javelin, all of which she continues to participate in even today. Back during her academic years, she was a State level champion and now after her fight with cancer, she went back to participate in the district level tournaments in the veteran category. Last year she came 2nd in the three sporting events she took part in and this year she hopes to ace it and come 1st. She says the reason she came 2nd last year was she was recovering from her surgery and the left arm was weak. She had to skip Hammer throw, which she hopes to win this year and earn a Gold medal got in all three events.
Cancer, the phase-
When talking about cancer, she says she was diagnosed just before 2014. Cancer is always known as a “rich man’s disease” because of the expenses that came along with it. But then off late we hear about people across walks of life suffering because of cancer and things have changed now. She infact was diagnosed just a year before she retired from the Government job [postal service] and therefore was able to manage finances and have the surgery as well.
Running & Age
She told us that running in the 5th edition of Coimbatore Marathon was something she was looking forward to. And encouraged others to do something out of their comfort zone. She is a firm believer that age is just a number, it is all in our minds and if we can put our mind to things, anything can be achieved.
One statement she made that stays with us is “I never questioned God why me..” I was always looking at the future and held on to hope. All I tell people is to “Live and do good as long as possible.”
How inspiring right? The audience who got to listen to her interview were spell bound by her grit, determination and passion!
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