- Posted October 17, 2012 by
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Lance Armstrong speaks out
23 Year Old Testicular Cancer Survivor
Being 22 at the time, I couldn't even begin to believe that I actually had Cancer; as my immune system even made the common cold, extremely rare. Due to the type of Cancer, obviously Lance Armstrong came into my mind a lot during my hospital time.
As I left the hospital and began my outpatient chemotherapy treatment, I picked up an eBook of "It's Not About the Bike". It was extremely reassuring to know that my situation, was not rare, and fell almost in line with Lance's story.
As I was keeping my battle quiet, I had a cousin who looked into the Livestrong Foundation. The foundation sent an entire package to my house, with ways to find financial assistance (let's just say one of my surgeries involved with my battle was close to $220,000), as well as therapy groups to assist with coping.
Between the assistance and knowledge given by the Livestrong Foundation, as well as the Angels, I had for doctors, I was extremely lucky in my battle.
While I do not own a Livestrong bracelet personally (go figure), I do have plans to acknowledge my battle with a tattoo of a Livestrong bracelet; along with my date of diagnosis.
The foundation is full of dedicated people, who really care about those going through the battle. While I personally hope that Lance, is able to prove that he had not doped, throughout his cyclist career. His contributions to the world of Cancer Survivors; as well as those who loss their battle, will outweigh this scandal in my personal opinion.