Everybody likes a hero, may it be a 5 year old child or a 90 year old grandpa. We all watch movies, where the hero saves the weak and helpless. We cheer when he beats the bad guy and recues the good people. Even though we all know that it’s fake, we still pay our hard earned money and precious time to watch it. Well guess what, there are real heroes as well and if you are a cycling fan, then you must have heard the name of Lance Armstrong.
Lance Armstrong is certainly the legend of cycling. He won the Tour de France for an unbelievable seven times in a row. Apart from Tour de France, Lance had won many other accolades. He had been an athlete from a very early age. Do all of these accomplishments make him a real life hero? Well the answer is yes. But there is one another fact that cements his place as a real life hero and that is the fact that he fought hard with a life threatening cancer and recovered from it.
When Lance was at the peak of his cycling career, he got diagnosed with testicular cancer. By the time the cancer was diagnosed, it had already spread to the lymph nodes, brain, stomach and lungs. As per the doctors the chances of survival were nil. After the surgeries to remove the cancer failed, Lance started getting chemotherapy. The hero in him did not wanted to give up on the stage of life. For Lance everything was the same, there was a challenge in front of him, just like when he has to win a race. The only difference was that instead of being surrounded by changing room furniture, he was surrounded by hospital furniture.
Well guess what, very soon he completely recovered and it did not stop there. He got back to his passion which was cycling and he went on to win Tour de France in 1999. While most would have retired at this stage, especially after they had fought a life threatening disease. This was not the case with Lance, he went on to win the tournament consecutively till 2005, when he finally retired.
So just in case you do not find yourself motivated enough for cycling, just read more on the life of Lance Armstrong and I can assure you that you will be soon pedaling again.
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