The world knows and celebrates Lance Armstrong for his remarkable defeat of life-threatening cancer and for his unparalleled seven consecutive victories in the Tour de France bicycle race. But, as Armstrong reveals in this exclusive interview, he is prouder of his cancer victory than all of his racing wins.
One of the many reasons that Dr. von Eschenbach finds Lance Armstrong’s story so compelling: “Lance is a cancer survivor who represents so many, many others across this country and the world who have faced the challenge of cancer,” he says. “He is an example to us of what is possible, what is within our grasp—a world in which no one suffers and no one dies as a result of cancer.”
I can now say that my life is better because of my cancer experience. Though I wouldn’t wish it for anyone, I believe I appreciate my life in a completely new and better way because I faced cancer and was lucky enough to survive. Having said that, I also believe that cancer still affects far too many people, and we must continue to work to change that fact.
I got a second opinion, which can be tough to do. We are inclined to trust our doctors implicitly and not question them, but the second opinion I got was the right one for me. So, I would encourage people to seek more opinions and to not be afraid to question their doctors.
(Adapted from various interviews of Lance Armstrong)