Lance Armstrong: The long road back
At age 25,
Then they told him he had cancer.
Next to the challenge he now faced, bike racing seemed insignificant. The diagnosis was testicular cancer, the most common cancer in men aged 15-35. If detected early, its cure rate is a promising 90%. Like most young, healthy men, Lance ignored the warning signs, and never imagined the seriousness of his condition.
Going untreated, the cancer had spread to Lance's abdomen, lungs, and brain. His chances dimmed.
Then a combination of physical conditioning, a strong support system, and competitive spirit took over. He declared himself not a cancer victim but a cancer survivor. He took an active role in educating himself about his disease and the treatment.
Armed with knowledge and confidence in medicine, he underwent aggressive treatment and beat the disease.
During his treatment, before his recovery, before he even knew his own fate, he created the
Lance is an excellent role model, demonstrative of many qualities necessary of being personified by...