Novlene Williams-Mills, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is proud of the scars on her chest that are a constant reminder of her battle with breast cancer.
The former National 400m Champion, who will be to competing at the London World Championships in August, has been featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue 2017 which will be on newsstands starting July 7.
The Olympic sprinter Williams-Mills understands the importance of time. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2004, the Jamaican-born track star helped her home country medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the Athens Olympics, then again in Beijing in 2008. But in 2012, just weeks before the London Games, Williams-Mills, then 30, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She endured four surgeries — and went on to win two more Olympic medals. Today, Williams-Mills is an elite, cancer-surviving athlete. She posed for this year’s Body Issue in order to share her powerful story. This is it, in her own words:
Read Novlene Williams-Mills’ full interview on ESPN