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An incredible journey: 75-year-old cancer survivor reaches North Pole

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Frostbites, polar bears and the danger of vanishing into bone-chilling ice – nothing could discourage 75-year-old Barbara Hillary, who overcame all the odds to reach the North Pole.

Barbara believes nothing is impossible. After all she had battled and conquered lung cancer in her life and compared to that, it was hardly a challenge for the New Yorker.

Barbara’s life is a tale of incredible human achievement and a battle against all odds. When she completed the trek to the northernmost part of the world, she became one of the oldest person to reach that part, and also the first black woman to achieve the feat.

After a career in nursing, Barbara quit the job at 67 and her next five years was a long battle with lung cancer, which eventually saw her ending up on the winning side.

Barbara was spurred by the fact that no black woman had reached the North Pole.

She remarked

I said, `What’s wrong with this picture?’ So I sort of rolled into this, shall we say.

She decided to ski to the North Pole and hence took cross-country skiing lessons. She also roped in a personal trainer and her iron-determination eventually saw her through.

Robert Russell, who founded the travel company that helps people like Barbara reach the pole, said Barbara was very confident.

He said

She’s a headstrong woman. You don’t tell her ‘no’ about too many things.

Barbara now hopes that her expedition would inspire other cancer survivors to follow in her footsteps.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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