Lance Armstrong-The man who battled against cancer
Every one of you may be familiar with this name, right?
Let me give an intro to the people who don’t know Lance.
Lance Armstrong, One of the best cyclist we have ever seen, the seven-time consecutive winner of the Tour de France race. He is the living example and iconic model for the cancer victims and survivors.The one who beat cancer at its last stage!
Armstrong started his sporting career at the very early stage itself.When he was just 12, he began as a swimmer and then he turned his career as a cyclist. Armstrong was doing pretty well in his career in 1990’s when he was just 25 years old.
For many months, the man had been suffering from headache and coughing up of blood.But he ignored everything for the progress of his career.
But one day soon after his 25th birthday, the testicles were swollen and he had to consult the doctor.When the doctor diagnosed him, it was found out that he is suffering from late-stage metastatic testicular cancer that has already spreaded to his abdomen, his lungs, and his brain.
His mother says that “As soon as the doctors diagnosed Lance, they called me to the room and told me to prepare myself to lose my only child.”
In a later interview, Dr. Reeves, the man who diagnosed Lance said, “the chance of recovery of Lance was almost none.”
From that day, Lance and his mother searched on the internet about the disease and its recovery methods.He also started to read books to understand about its possibilities of recovery.
For him, knowledge meant that he don’t have to face the enemy alone.
Armstrong now went to the Indiana University medical center for receiving a better treatment.He also visited the patients with cancer to attain strength from their courage he perceived in their faces.
During this time, the cycling team canceled the contract of Armstrong who lost his hair and muscles during the treatment.They considered that he cannot regain his earlier strengths and skills even if he survives.This decision made him jobless and they even refused to provide the health insurance.
He describes those days as one of the worst days of his life.But he was not willing to sacrifice his life to cancer.He wanted to recover from the disease and he also wanted to get back to the place where he left off, the cycling world.
In his struggle against his enemy, there were no organizations to support him.Only the people who stayed with him were his mother and the doctors of Indiana University medical center.Thus, he was preparing himself to receive the treatment.
The treatment period lasted for about five months that were one of the significant parts of his life.Four chemotherapies were done in his body to remove the cancer tumors completely. A surgery was done on October 25 to remove the lesions from his brain.It was one of the toughest periods of his treatment.The drugs that used in the treatment were painful, but he could resist everything only with his will power.The last and final chemotherapy was received on 13 December 1996.After that, On February 1997 he was declared as Cancer-free.
After the toughest days of cancer survival, Lance again started to train hard to prepare himself to get back to the cycling world.Soon he signed a contract with US Postal team for a salary of $200,000 per year.He started to train on terrain places where once he fallen once due to weakness caused by cancer.
After his continues hard work he was paid off by winning 7 consecutive Tour de France award from 1998-2005 which was on of the best achievement by a cyclist.
On February 1997, he brought up a non-profit organization called Lance Armstrong Foundation(LAF) which was aimed to motivate and inspire the cancer survivors.They also provided financial help to the cancer patients.
Today Livestrong foundation (formerly known as Lance Armstrong Foundation) provides millions of dollars to the cancer research programs and programs that are aimed at helping the people with cancer.It is one of the best organizations that provides help to the cancer patients.