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    Posted January 16, 2013 by
    onemorestep
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    Lance Armstrong speaks out

    Don’t stop fighting

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     onemorestep says, 'I am fine with the bracelet since it reminds me to "live strong" each day and don't let the cancer win. I think people support a cause that touches many, Lance being a sport figure helped its popularity, and him beating cancer helped to show others can do the same, beat cancer.'
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    I was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was 48 yrs old, I’ll be 50 later this month. There was no cancer history in my family and I was in what I felt was the best shape of my life. I am 6', was 200lbs and very active so to say this was a huge shock is an understatement. I had heard about how chemo treatments effect one's physical and mental well being but experiencing it took it to a different level. After my chemo treatments, I focus on tomorrow and that if I get thru today, it will be better tomorrow. I thought of running when I played college baseball and we would run 2 miles at 6am. To get thru the last 1/2 a mile, I would tell myself, one more step, take one more step until I completed my run. I wear a Livestrong bracelet not because of Lance, nor was it ever because of Lance, but because it reminds me every day that I have to take one more step, and to Live Strong, regardless of how I'm felling, for me, my wife and children.
    That is why I will continue to wear my Liverstrong bracelet, as a reminder to not give up.

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