I was diagnosed 15 years ago with stage IIC extragonadal seminoma. My doctors wanted to remove both testes, give me radiation and chemo.
I contacted Livestrong. Lance Armstrong himself emailed me and suggested I see his doctor in Indiana. Lance called his doctor for me. The doctor said I did not need both testes removed or radiation. He modified my chemo to reduce scarring my lungs. I was cured. I have a very different survivor experience because of Lance.
Lance did not need to help me, a stranger. He gained nothing other than the knowledge he did some good.
More importantly he has shown me, and you, and everyone else with this disease how to help others. He created Livestrong, which helps millions. Livestrong exists because of Lance's desire to help everyone.
The most important point is how Lance changed the culture of how people live with cancer. Fifteen years ago a diagnosis was met with silence and stigma. Lance showed that you can meet the disease with open courage and talk about it. He also showed that life can be bigger and better after cancer, that a diminished life is not your inevitable destiny.
I can't judge the use of banned drugs in cycling. I am confident it was pervasive. It doesn't matter to me. I do understand the world of cancer with and without Lance. We would all be much worse off if Lance was not the man he is. I am forever thankful for what he did for me, and all of us.
Los Altos, Calif.