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cyclist's fight with cancer

By unknown | Aug 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lance Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About The Bike, is by no means a recent addition to the literary world.

Lance Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About The Bike, is by no means a recent addition to the literary world.

The book was first published in 2001, and it is one of those books I've always wished to read. And I am pleased I finally got around to it.

For those who don't know, Armstrong will probably go down in history as one of the greatest cyclists with a record seven Tour de France titles under his belt.

However, this book is not much about his incredible feat as an athlete, but more about his brave and gutsy fight to beat cancer.

Born in 1971, Armstrong had a difficult and troubled childhood.

His father walked out on his mother Linda, who was 17 at the time, two months after he was born.

Working at two jobs to make ends meet, Linda strived to provide the best she could for her young son. It is against this background that Armstrong grew up.

When Linda remarried, it appeared things would take a turn for the better, but unfortunately the new husband had a vicious streak in him and would frequently abuse his stepson.

Thankfully, the marriage ended in divorce. But a deep distrust of people was sown in Armstrong's mind.

At school he was an average student, but unlike his peers who played American football, baseball and basketball, Armstrong concentrated on cycling.

At an early age he represented his country, and his future was both promising and exciting.

Single, rich and on his way up in the cycling world, he had the world at his feet.

Then disaster struck. In October 1996 he was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer and was given a 20percent chance of survival.

This book details his year-long battle with the disease and his fight to beat the odds.

Days blur into weeks as he undergoes chemotherapy in an attempt to kill what is eating him up inside.

It's a fascinating story of survival and how he got the courage to rejoin the sporting world in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest events - cycling.

It wasn't easy. Written off by fellow cyclists following his illness, he dug deep and succeeded.

The rest, as they say, is history.


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