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Shawna Robinson embarks on battle against breast cancer

Shawna Robinson
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Former NASCAR driver Shawna Robinson announced via her Facebook page on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her announcement read:

"I'm getting ready to start a new journey that was unexpected but I am prepared to take it on as I would any challenge -- with direction and strength. I have breast cancer. When they tell you you have cancer, you don't hear the rest, you just see talking and you seem to be there but you're not hearing the words. But it is real -- start Chemo next week for five-six months, then surgery. There is such progress in cancer treatment. Still scared but prepared for battle. Thankful for the family and friends I'm blessed to have. Ready to go wide open and get this thing!"

Robinson competed in NASCAR's national ranks, primarily in the Busch (now-Nationwide) Series, between 1991 and 1995, from 2001 until 3003 and then again in 2005. At tha Nationwide level, Robinson competed in 61 races, posting one top-10 finish at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in 1994. She also claimed a series pole that year at Atlanta Motor Speedway. She also competed in three races in the Camping World Truck Series in 2003 and eight races at the Sprint Cup level.

Since her racing career ended, Robinson has worked as an interior designer and now has her own line of chairs, Happy Chair.

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