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Messages from 2002
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Sep 8 , 2002 When Lance Armstrong was winning his first Tour de France, I was going through chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Lance's story gave me hope for recovery and I promised I would accomplish a physical feat. I won't do anything like winning the Tour, but I have committed to train to walk a marathon. Thanks for the inspiration!
Aug 29 , 2002 At 63 I discovered I had ovarian cancer. Eleven months later, after 11 hours of surgery and 4 months of chemotherapy, I am again on my bike. Lance, you are an example and a hope for me. Congratulations on your fourth Tour de France win.
Aug 15 , 2002

I am 42 years old and was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in June. I have had a double mastectomy and am in my second month of a 5 month chemotherapy treatment. I have always been very active and have competed in triathlons, a marathon and a 100 mile bike ride. My husband and I have been to the Ride for the Roses for 3 years in a row. I never imagined that I would go from a financial supporter of LAF to a person in need of the LAF support. Reading Lance's book and watching him ride the Tour this year helped me get through some of my darkest moments. THANK YOU LANCE. The positive impact you have had on me is amazing.

Aug 12, 2002 I can not tell you how much of an inspiration you are to myself, my husband and the world. My 27 year-old husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1998 and treated with surgery and radiation. He was incredibly strong though all of that. In November of 2000, we married and in January of 2001, he went back to the doctor for what was going to be his last check-up. The good news was that we learned he was "cured" from the testicular cancer. The bad news was that he was diagnosed with CML (a form of leukemia). Thanks to modern medicine, he has been able to live a semi-normal life and stay active. In June he ran with the Leukemia Society's Team In Training program in a marathon in San Diego. He ran 26.2 miles in just over 5 hours. His strength through all of this is inspirational. Though he is great shape and living a normal and active life, he will soon face the next challenge... a bone marrow transplant. I am encouraged by his attitude and drive to survive.
Jul 27 , 2002 I am a member of the cancer community - a ten year breast cancer survivor. The passing of time, has a way of allowing you to let your guard down, and retreat into that safe, comfortable place. Having had cancer, I always have to remind myself how lucky I am to still be here on earth. I have to remember to never take life for granted!
Jul 25 , 2002 I'm writing to say thanks for your help. My husband was diagnosed with Hodgkins in early 1999, a month after his 27th birthday. Since then he's done the chemo radiation thing, and is now in remission. He completed a whole year of chemo and didn't complain once. He's the strongest guy I know. During chemo, it was so unbelievably helpful to me to be able to discuss your success with him. It gave him hope in a way that neither I nor his doctors could give. So, thanks for everything Lance, the book, the wins, the humility. You're an amazing man.
Jul 28, 2002 I was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer nine months ago at age 29, and have had eight months of chemo with no end in sight. For me, the worst part is when my oncologist answers my questions with a dreaded "I don't know". I look at modern medicine with new eyes now. There's so much that doctors don't know! But the ultimate lesson, which I'm still learning, is to take one day at a time. I'd like to have beaten this thing on the day I was diagnosed. Now I know it'll take years, and l have to thank God for just feeling *normal* some days and for having a regular routine. Watching Lance kick butt on the mountains in the Tour gives me hope for the future!
Jul 17, 2002 I am a 54 year old man and a keen cyclist who lives in England. I have been told that there is a high likelihood that I have prostate cancer and now must have a biopsy to confirm. The news came as a surprise to me, however the confidence of the consultant was a great inspiration. I am a member of a fellowship church and found that fellowship, faith, and belief in the power of prayer, whether for cure or comfort, was an important part of my ability to face the news with only a small amount of trepidation. I put my trust in God and the surgeons and I intend to be a survivor. Never give up hope.
Apr 18, 2002 As a USAF F-15 fighter pilot, I was always assumed to be in perfect condition. So, you can imagine everyone's surprise when I was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer last fall. I have a beautiful wife and a daughter and son who mean the world to me. I had cancer, I was scared, and I was only 38. But like any enemy, I attacked it, and I will eventually win. I've had surgery by a terrific USAF surgeon, and am now in my 5th month of a 6 month chemo regimen. I am looking forward to finishing my treatment and, God willing, being requalified to fly and fight again soon. I read Lance's story with great hope and admiration -- for him, and for all people who have to battle this indiscriminant demon called cancer. And, as a Texas grad, I was drawn back to the streets of Austin where his battle was fought. Each page a heartbreak....and a homerun. Thanks for Cycle of Hope, and to all for sharing your inspiring stories with others.
Apr 16, 2002 I was 28 years old, a former world ranked competitive swimmer (30th in the world in my event), when in October 1999 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins's lymphoma and given a 66% percent chance of living by two seperate oncologists. I read Lance's book three times during chemo and radiation. My belief that there is much more love for me to share with the world kept me alive. As a successful athlete, I could really relate the challenges Lance faced. My cancer diagnosis made missing the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 and 1992 a delight. Cancer made me fight to stay alive. It was a gift from God that changed my life for the better. Cancer is not a death sentence.. it is a second chance to live.
Apr 10, 2002 My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000. He will be 81 this year. He has received two different types of chemotherapy and when his doctor told him he could not receive anymore, we turned to another doctor for a 2nd opinion. He has been on another chemotherapy since late January and his tumor and lymph nodes have shrunk over 30%, much to the doctor's delight and ours. He has had no reaction to the chemos other than fatigue and some neuropathy. We will continue to fight this disease as long as doctors will work with us without losing any quality of life.
Mar 23, 2002 I'm an Ambulance Officer in Sydney, Australia. I was diagnosed with a rare leukemia and have faced all the usual dilemmas that kind of diagnosis brings with it. Yesterday was the Graduation Ceremony for my degree in aramedical Science. Despite nearly being rushed off to the hospital in the last week of the course, I passed and graduated. I thank you all so much for your support.
Feb 21, 2002 Our family has experienced a loved-one with testicular cancer. He is 28 years old and is now in remission. We are so thankful and blessed. I gave him information from your website to somehow help him through the last couple of months with treatments, etc and he is now reading Lance Armstrong's book. I hope and pray for anyone and their family that has experienced cancer.
Feb 15, 2002 This is my second message and this time I'm glad to add some positive news. Last time I wrote I was still trying to get over my leukemia diagnosis and frequent visits to the hospital. As a paramedic, I prefer to take patients to the hospital rather than be one. Since I last wrote I have had a good run of health & my leukemia is "behaving itself." I have returned to work full time as a paramedic and have been able to maintain full time hours. I even delivered a baby in the back of an ambulance on the side of the road on my last shift and it was a magical experience. I have received so much inspiration from reading the other messages left by you all and from Lance's achievements and encouragement and inspiration to us all.
Feb 8, 2002 I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in 1999 at the age of 25. My first thought was "Am I going to die?". My mother and I cried a lot and prayed alot, during this time. My diagnosis was a little different than others, I was in surgery to remove both my ovaries when my doctor called in an Oncologist. After 5 hours and 3 less organs (my appendix was removed as well), my official diagnosis was Stage 2 Ovarian cancer. Like many others who are diagnosed with cancer I went through 4 months of chemo and lost all of my hair. I was very fortunate in my fight. My family and friends rallied around me and made sure I kept a fighting attitude. I am now going into my third year of remission and eagerly looking forward to year 5.
Feb 3, 2002 I want to thank you for this web site. It is such a help to know what you, Lance, went through this and you are not afraid to speak out. I find so many survivors are afraid to say they had cancer. The more we spread the word the more we may save.
Jan 27, 2002 When I had my bout with testicular carcinoma 18 years ago, it was the scariest thing I had ever experienced. The surgery and chemotherapy were no picnic, but they were nothing compared to the emotional trauma. As my diagnosis became more threatening, others close to me, my wife and my friends, were afraid too. I reached a point when I felt that the fear would just take over and prevent me from looking forward. By that time I had learned that others had suffered as much and more as I had from that terrible disease. At that time I chose to turn my back on self pity and worry, and instead to learn everything I could, and focus every drop of my energy on surviving.
Jan 19, 2002 This past year (2001) has been the best and the worst year of my life. I turned 30 in February, had my first baby in April and was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer in July. This world is a funny, unpredictable place...but to nurse your little baby in the same hour a doctor tells you that you have breast cancer - well, that's too much. My stepsister is a triathlete as well as a nurse, and she gave me Lance's book before I had my surgery. That book and Lance's story gave me the courage I needed to do whatever it took to beat this disease. I read it three times. I finished chemotherapy in December and now I'm concentrating on being well and growing hair. My message is this : Be in charge, do not give up and fight like hell.
Jan 17, 2002 I was diagnosed back in April of 2000 with Testicular cancer. I was only 40 years old and have just about lost everything to this disease. I am a single father with a 13 year old son and have literally lived in fear for the past 21 months. When I hear about Lance and his accomplishments it gives me a great sense of hope and drive to keep pushing. I actually pretend that I'm riding the Tour de France when I'm at the gym riding the bike. It's a good feeling. Thank you for the inspiration. I approach my disease with thanks from GOD for this gift, which has allowed me to appreciate the things in life we all take for granted. I'd like to believe that the one's who survive, survive to spread the word of cancer. To teach others of this disease.
Jan 13, 2002 I am a one year survivor-cyclist. I lost a kidney due to cancer just over a year ago. I still ride my bike and intend to ride from London to Paris in a day this summer (not easy). Like Lance when the going gets tough, I get tougher, riding my turbo to exhaustion. To those who get depressed, I say never give up hope.
Jan 07, 2002 I was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in 1999 at the age of 25. My first thought was "Am I going to die?". My mother and I cried a lot and prayed alot, during this time. My diagnosis was a little different than others, I was in surgery to remove both my ovaries when my doctor called in an Oncologist. After 5 hours and 3 less organs (my appendix was removed as well), my official diagnosis was Stage 2 Ovarian cancer. Like many others who are diagnosed with cancer I went through 4 months of chemo and lost all of my hair. I was very fortunate in my fight. My family and friends rallied around me and made sure I kept a fighting attitude. I am now going into my third year of remission and eagerly looking forward to year 5.
Jan 03, 2002 I'm a ten year survivor of large cell anaplastic thyroid carcinoma. Thanks to my friend, who is a bike shop owner, I've really gotten into cycling. I ride 50-100 miles per week on and off road. I will keep going on and be a positive example for people healthy or not. Keep the wheels spinning. Keep riding hard.
Jan 03, 2002 My boyfriend is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for stage 4 testicular cancer. He is 24 years old and has been undergoing chemo treatments for nearly eight months. We just finished our first round of radiation to rid a tumor on his spine which is causing a great deal of pain. Along with the radiation came swelling and he cannot stand on his own or walk currently. We read your book together when he was first diagnosed and I can't tell you how much he was inspired by it. I too was inspired and have never given up hope that he will soon be cured and will walk again. He gets very discouraged when we hear bad news. Then he just gets plain mad and decides that he's going to bare down and get past it. I am so proud of him for being as strong as he has. I know that this is a very hard battle for anyone to fight and that his hard work will soon pay off.
Jan 03, 2002 Basically, the message that I have is to say thanks. A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and, after surgery, was treated with intensive chemotherapy. Having been very active all my life, it was quite a blow to be diagnosed at 37. It left me fearing the long term picture. While in treatment, a nurse gave me a copy of your book and I found it delivering a solid message to my brain: "shut up and move!" It got me past a very short and intense period of fear and it has been all smiles since then. To date I have given about 5 copies to others, both cancer survivors and not, for motivation. The feedback is always positive. So, thanks for helping us all take the 'whisper' out of cancer and get on with life.


Messages from 2001
Jan 01, 2001 I hope all the best for you. I have had surgery to remove brain cancer in the summer and I am on chemotherapy now. So far my symtoms have not been so bad. My Specialist is from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She specializes in this type of tumors. I go for another MRI on January the 15th. Hope it shows improvement. Take care.
Jan 4 , 2001 I'm home recovering from having a tumor removed from my colon. Prior, I was riding 100+ per week and racing mtb in the summer. I have a family with 3 great kids and am a 37 year old male. My doctor just called and said that the surgery got it all and I will have a full recovery. He suggested a light chemo treatment and that sounded like a great thing to do. Just so you know, I had your Trek Stand up poster in my hospital room as well as my road bike. Some of the people walking down the halls thought I was nuts, but it made a real difference to me. My doctor also rides and assured me that everything was going to be fine even prior tp the tests coming back and has already challanged me to a race. We are also planning to get to your Roses ride in the next few years. Thanks for being their for me. RIDE-ON.......
Jan 5, 2001 Congratulations on your recent accomplishments. It's been exciting following you in the news. I didn't realize how close to home your story would be until about a week ago. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Needless to say, it's been an emotional rollercoaster ride. I'm off to see my 3rd surgeon today, and then will probably decide on who will perform the ingenial whatever the heck it is. Neither urologist has suggested a medical oncologist yet, but they expect to involve them soon after post op. This is a little different than what I've read, but it seems that a speedy removal is more important to both of them. I hope the catscans will reveal better news, and I will e-mail you then. Continued success in the new year...you're doing a great job of improving awareness in this disease.
Jan 9 , 2001 Thanks for writing the book. There's a lot of information out there for people before and during the fight, but not much written about the aftermath. For me, the aftermath has been the worst part. When I finished three years of intense chemotherapy for lymphoblastic lymphoma, my friends and family cheered and said things like, "Won't it be great to have your life back?" The truth is, I never got my life back. It was forever changed. I was forever changed. I've had to create a new "normal" for myself. Those of us who do survive need some extra help to re-integrate ourselves back into "normal" society. I sometimes think this might be similar to what a war veteran goes through. He comes home a changed man with "battle scars" of all kinds--the rest of the world has gone on and they don't quite understand why he can't just go back to normal again. Thank you for your efforts to help both those who are in the heat of the battle as well as those who are finished and now experiencing that "what now?" feeling. That part of it needs to be voiced too.
Jan 10 , 2001 Read your book, so helpful. After many years of hospital work in cancer and heart, the words healing and curing now appear separate to me. So that many are cured by modern medicine but appear not healed. Others are blessed with such compassion by the focus of disease yet may not be red, but are healed. You achieve and give hope for both. C for compassion ?. Thank you Regards to K & L and yourself.
Jan 11 , 2001 I was diagnosed with a sarcoma on my elbow in August. I'm a 26 year old female and I was scared to death with my diagnosis. Your book gave me and my family hope and I know I can get through anything and fight it. Your story is so inspiring and you are truly an inspiration to me. My prognosis is good and I look forward to living a long,healthy cancer-free life. I wish you all the best and I'll e-mail you again soon. All the best!
Jan 12 , 2001 This is a message of hope for you for continued health, but it is also a message of hope for my son who is suffering from testicular cancer. Fourteen months ago at the age of 27 he was strickened with stage 3 testicular cancer and was also left unable to move from the chest down. He has fought a hard fight never complaining and has regained his feeling in his lower body. However he still is not able to walk on his own. He went in remission, only to have the cancer return. He then underwent a bone marrow transplant. He was doing well, but now has many complications from the transplant. There is also the possibilty that the cancer may be back, and the doctors are not sure if there is anything they can do. There is a hospital in New York they are checking out who is doing some experimental work. All the doctors and nurses always remind him of you, and he is beloved by all as he has never stopped fighting. I only pray we will be as fortunate as you. God Bless you. I hope you have the best of everything. We remember you. Please remember us.
Jan 15 , 2001 I recently read your book and wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed every moment! I thought your book would be a great inspiration for me, and it was! Fortunately, I do not have cancer, but I recently trained for and completed my first marathon (the Chicago Marathon) with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. Besides the awesome experience of running a marathon, I raised $2,750 for leukemia research and patient aid. Thanks for being such an inspiration, a world-class athlete and a positive role model. My regards to your beautiful mother, wife and son!
Jan 23 , 2001 I am 18 years old and just this summer I was diagnosed with Acute Lympthocytic Leukemia. I am undergoing chemotherapy treatments as we speak and with everyday thanking God that I am here today. I had full blown leukemia when I was diagnosed and was at the worst possible stage you could be at. Along with that I also got pnuemonia which landed me a five week stay in the hospital. From day one my spirts were always up. I wasn't going to let this get in the way of me living a normal teenage life. I spent the days walking up and down the hall till I would reach at least 2 miles, so my muscles still were in action. Now I am back in school and loving every minute of my senior year in high school. I plan to go away to college next year; though I have another 4 years of treaments. Your story has been one of inspiration and has had a large impact on the way I have handled all of my treatments. Thank you :-)
Jan 25, 2001 My english and history classes are doing research papers on famous figures in the twentieth century. I am writing my essay on you. I never realized how amazing your life is until this project. You have touched so many people. Thank you.
Feb 1, 2001 My dad has been a serious cyclist since he retired. In this time he has suffered heart problems, bladder cancer three years ago, and just recently the bladder cancer returned and they had to remove his bladder. Even before his cancer you were an inspiration to him. He is now 72 and is still riding (on a trainer) throughout his chemo treatments(just like you). You are a hero to many, but especially to my dad and the rest of our family because you give my dad hope that he will get back into riding shape. He even jokes about the chemo being a miracle drug because you won after taking chemo so there is no telling what it will do for him. We were hoping to do the Ride for the Roses this year but he takes his last chemo treatment March 30th so he will still not feel great by the time the Ride rolls around. Hopefully we'll catch you next year. Thank you for your story and the hope you give us all. GOOD LUCK and God Bless!!
Feb 12, 2001 Lance, here you have the two most talented and gifted girls. We are doing a project on you and would just like to tell you how inspirational you have been to us. Our father faught testicular cancer and is a survior like you. Thanks, we luv ya babe!
Feb 19, 2001 I am a 28 year old cancer patient. I had a Ewings sarcoma in my leg and had surgery to remove it. Prior to my surgery, I had three months of chemotherapy and then surgery and now I recently began my next 3 months of chemotherapy. I read your book and found it very inspirational. I 'm also considering writing my own book. There is not much out there about people our age dealing with such a horrible disease.
Feb 20, 2001 You have shown us all that you don't have to let cancer beat you. In fact, you shown the world, even if the French can't accept it, that you can be world class, both in action and in attitude. I have closely watched racing since the early days of Hinault. As a prostrate cancer survivor, I have only admiration for your achievements. Winning the Tour is nearly impossible, but to overcome the odds you have certainly has the French press scratching their head. Once on a business trip to Austin in the early 90s, I had the good fortune to sit next your mother on the plane. She was beaming with pride that you had moved from Plano and had aspirations to become a great cyclist. Years later I came to realize it was't just a mother's love, she knew something that we have all come to understand. Hope you have a great Tour. I know you will give it 110%.
Feb 21, 2001 My husband was originally diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma in 1990. He went through treatment at Duke University and didn't have a recurrence until 1999. In the 9 years between we had a son and grew ever closer together. He fought a great fight for 15 months until his death in July, 2000. We both read your book and he was helped by your fight and your message. My husband was a wonderful man, husband, father, son and son-in-law. My son and I are helped daily by the legions of family, friends and strangers who love us and care for us. We faced his illness with strength and courage that came from our faith in God and each other. I am inspired every day by the example he set in the last year of his life. He went to work every day and spent time with us and talked to us and let us know how much he cherished and loved us. I am comforted every day knowing that he is waiting to see us again and that he is whole again and no longer struggling. He taught us all how important faith, family and friends are, lessons none of us will forget. Life can be wonderful no matter what you face, as long as you do it together.
Feb 24, 2001 I recently read your book, and it was one of the most inspiring things I have ever felt. The more I read it, the more insignificant all the little setbacks of the daily grind seemed to become. It helped me to see what is really important. My health, my wife, and the pure joy I feel when me and my 6 year old son go for bike rides together. Wait till you see the amazement on your sons face the first time he rides without training wheels, for me it was one of those priceless moments that I think about with a smile on my face. Best wishes to you and your family.
Feb 24, 2001 I was going through chemo when you won your first race. What an inspiration you were to me. When I was feeling terrible, you were out there racing for all you were worth. I figured if you could do that after having a worse cancer situation than mine, then I could do it, too! No, I'm not cycling, but I'm LIVING. Thank you! Give 'em hell!
Feb 25, 2001 I just read your book - it was highly recommended by my nursing friend. You are amazing and, cliche as it sounds, truly inspiring. I suffer from
scoliosis and sometimes it gets me down. Your book helped me in a way. I have just recommended your book to a family friend who has been diagnosed with prostrate,bladder and lymphatic cancer. God Bless you and your family.
Feb 28, 2001 Dear Lance you truly are an inspiration to all in America. Your book connected on so many levels. In February of 99 my son had a severe lung infection that almost took his life. He rode the courage classic here in Colo to benefit Childrens Hospital all 160 miles of it over the passes. I missed this ride because of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was awaiting surgery to save my life. We will be riding it again this year as a family.I know there is no greater bond than family and we only grow out of the adversities of life. God bless you in your strength and courage.
May 8, 2001 I, too, just finished Lance's book and am utterly speechless. I am about to celebrate the first anniversary of my diagnosis in a couple of weeks. I wasn't even sure about acknowledging the day, but if Lance celebrated it, I will too, for it has truly changed my life, cancer. Lance's book put into words all the feelings, anxieties and emotions I have experienced in the last year and I now am left with the questions of survivorship and what my purpose is. I am a 43 year old woman, diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in my right jawbone, have taken chemo, shrunk the tumor and had surgery in October (2k) and have been blessed with the love of a wonderful husband, loving, helpful friends and the skill and compassion ofncredible doctors and nurses. I will never, ever be able to express the gratitude I have for them. We all need an incredible support team to get through cancer and a positive attitude. It's about the fight and the love of life that will help us to survive. Thank you, Lance, for putting my heart into words.
Mar 9, 2001 Lance, I have followed your cycling career from your earlier days back in Texas and Richardson Bike Mart. In 1985 at age 31 I got interested in cycling while living in Dallas, TX. I too used to ride at the Richardson Bike Mart. However I rode the fast recreational ride on Saturdays and Sundays. Today at age 47 I have just finished reading your book and totally can relate to the good days of riding a bike in Texas. Today 3/7/01 I discover that I've been diagnosed with testicular cancer, tomorrow I go for the test to determine treatment. I have not informed my wife yet, it s
been difficult, however your honest thoughtful book has helped me gain the courage to tell her this weekend. I'm afraid for her more than me. You see like you I too have found a wonderful woman to love. I was so proud of you for beating this disease and even more proud when you won the Tour after your recovery. "You are the man". I don't know how bad my health will turn these next few months , but my goal is to beat this thing and ride in the Ride for the Roses a year from now. You and your accomplishments have given me a goal to reach for. God be with you.
Mar 11, 2001 I was just diagnosed with testicular cancer last week and I have already had my surgery to remove my testicle. I am getting CT scans and x-rays done tomorrow to help doctors stage the cancer. A friend gave me your book to read yesterday and I just finished it. I really appreciate what you have done to tell us your story and for your charitable efforts with your foundation. I was feeling a little sorry for myself, but I now feel better equipped to take this disease head on and kick its butt after reading your story.
Mar 16, 2001 My husband was diagnosed in Jan.2001 with testicular cancer. After surgery he is now getting ready to start radiation therapy. Fortunately his cancer is Stage 1. I never knew that something could throw your lives into such turmoil. Fortunately, we have strong family, friend, and church support groups. God bless you for your work with cancer awareness.
Mar 16, 2001 My son was just been diagnosed with testicular cancer. They removed his left testicle 3 weeks ago, after further testing they found that it had spread to his lungs and lymph nodes in his abdomen. He has just completed his first week of chemotherapy. He is doing really well. It's hard for us to believe that our 20 year old son has cancer. He is very positive and we have high hopes he will be cured. I was told about your website, so I thought I would check it out. I'm going to show it to him. Maybe it will help him realize he is not alone. It's just very hard for him to understand why? I hope you remain well and good luck!
Mar 17, 2001 Dear Lance, I lost my father in 1996 to cancer. My 12 year old son has the Oakley poster of your first win hanging in his room. He loved his Papaw and he loves you! A young man that we know and love has lost his fight with testicular cancer. As of this writing he has only days or hours left. Thank you for what you are doing with your foundation! You have been blessed and are blessing to so many others. As a mother of 4 sons, daughter and wife this has become a very personal issue to me. GOD be with you. We'll be watching and rooting for you!
Mar 19, 2001 Tomorrow, I will become a one year cancer survivor. Last year I did what I was supposed to do--get a routine mammogram. There is no history of cancer in my family and I, being an avid horse rider, was in top physical shape. Yet, six weeks later, I underwent a total mastectomy. I never miss a chance to share this story with others--it's so simple--GET THE TESTS DONE. I also never, ever forgot that I was fighting this disease alone. Since I was confident I was going to beat this disease and live, I felt it my obligation not to let my family and friends succumb to fear or doubts about my future. I was strong for them, for my talented health care professionals and decided early on that I, the patient, would take charge and be the team leader. It was not my place to doubt, cry, get depressed or let down my physical or mental guard. I was looked upon as a remarkably strong, defiant patient.

But, I also felt my message was to remind others how incredibly and simply lucky I was to KNOW that I was going to be a survivor. I wasn't any more special or deserving to get this prognosis than any other human being--we are ALL CAPABLE of meeting a challenge like a cancer diagnosis with strength and grace. I just finished Lance's book this morning and find his message of pride in survivorship and obligation to the cancer community empowering.
Mar 20, 2001 Today I am a One Year Survivor of breast cancer. I just finished reading Lance Armstrong's book and logged onto this site out of curiosity. Boy, am I glad I did. It thoroughly addressed ALL the physical and emotional concerns I've been having. The message and information here is the best spiration I've gotten and I plan to review it EVERY time I feel doubtful. Lance and the Foundation reminded me that I have the power and ability to be a warrior, a hero and a Survivor. Most importantly, I am reminded that I owe it to my personal "cancer community" and the world at large that knowledge, hope and belief are paramount. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this site.
Mar 29, 2001 Hi Lance, Your messages of hope to so many have been worth more than gold. We have cheered you on in all of your efforts, work and success. Cycle riders are at the top of our list as both my husband and I have been riding for years, mainly to keep in shape. We will continue to follow you. God bless you and your family! A happy cycle rider
Apr 1, 2001 Lance, I wanted to let you know that you are a true inspiration to me.. My husband and I had our whole world turned upside down the day he was
diagnosed w/ lymphoma at 30 years old.. Our daughter was only 4 months old at the time.. We wondered if he would see her grow up.. It has been 16 months and he is cancer free.. Seeing that you and your wife went through the same horrible times that we did it makes us feel like we are not alone.. Keep up the good work!!!
Apr 1, 2001 I have been fighting colon cancer since July'98. It had spead to my liver & I am still being treated. I work full time as a School Media Specialist teaching students TV Production in a middle school. I have admired all you have done & you are an inspiration to me. Keep up the good fight. :-)
Apr 2, 2001 Thanks for the hope and inspiration you have given. -A recreational road cyclist from Pennsylvania who is now facing chemotherapy for colon cancer.
Apr 2, 2001 I am a 5 year survivor of breast cancer. I was just 33 years old when I was diagnosed. I found the lump upon self exam. I just completed your book "It'sNot About the Bike". Since you were diagnosed you have been a hero of mine. When I finally did read the book, it felt at times as though you were writing my story. I worked out even though I was on chemo. I was married after being diagnosed. My husband is not unlike Kik, who supported me throughout the "adventure". I also am very close to my mother who lost her own battle with lung cancer 3 years ago. I too am a cyclist, although I do not race. I am not an elite athlete to the outside world but in my head and heart I am. I have completed several 5 and 6 days rides, and I am currently training for a sprint triathalon later this summer. I have always been in excellent shape so cancer for me was a shock for certain. I made it my conviction to beat this disease. Through my cancer I have helped to make others aware that it can and does happen to anyone-do not ingore or be afraid-fight with all you have. Last year I raised $4500 for the Avon Breast Cancer 3 day held in Chicago. I trained and kicked some butt. I had a great time. No one or nothing can hold me down. I too look at life differently. I have always been driven. I have a docorate in Chemistry and work in the pharmaceutical industry. I am still very driven, but I have an appreciatation for life and what is important. I love and appreciate my husband and health. These are the greatest gifts that I have received. All else is secondary since it is transient. In closing, thank you for sharing your story. You continue to be a hero for me. I would love to meet you since you are such an inspiration. I wish you well as you train. God bless you.
Apr 07, 2001 About six months ago I was diagnosed with embryonal carcinoma. I had a orange size tumor in each lung and I was only 25. I read Lance's book as I
sat at chemo everyday. At times I could barely fight back the tears because I felt exactly how Lance described in his book. I also had to have two seperate surgeries to remove the tumors. I am currently three weeks out of the last surgery and the Dr. says I am cancer free now. My story is unique to the Dr.'s though because they could find no tumor in my testes. They diagnosed me as having testicular cancer anyway. I remain a mystery to them. Thank you Lance for the book as it continues to inspire me as I am entering the survivorship trials of this disease. I hope to one day meet you in person as a successful survivor.
Apr 10, 2001 Dear Lance, you are an inspiration to everyone! I am 42 years old and was recently diagnosed with having Primary Nervous System Lymphoma. After many tests and scans, my doctors have determined it is only in my brain. My brother gave me your book "It's Not About the Bike" What you have gone through is beyond amazing and is an inspiration for me to follow your lead and get rid of this. I can't wait to get back on my bike. All the best for your riding and your love for your family.
Apr 29, 2001 My message of hope is to tell anyone going through this is that it can be taken care of and it's not something that is going to make you less than anyone else. I went through the surgery and I'm doing fine and life is moving on. My wife and I are talking about another child, which I was worried about being able to do. I'm 21 years old and I'm not going to let this ruin my life. Stick through it
May 8 , 2001 I, too, just finished Lance's book and am utterly speechless. I am about to celebrate the first anniversary of my diagnosis in a couple of weeks. I
wasn't even sure about acknowledging the day, but if Lance celebrated it, I will too, for it has truly changed my life, cancer. Lance's book put into words all the feelings, anxieties and emotions I have experienced in the last year and I now am left with the questions of survivorship and what my purpose is. I am a 43 year old woman, diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in my right jawbone, have taken chemo, shrunk the tumor and had surgery in October (2k) and have been blessed with the love of a wonderful husband, loving, helpful friends and the skill and compassion of incredible doctors and nurses. I will never, ever be able to express the gratitude I have for them. We all need an incredible support team to get through cancer and a positive attitude. It's about the fight and the love of life that will help us to survive. Thank you, Lance, for putting my heart into words.
Jun 12 , 2001 Dear Friend,
Keep Fighting! God will help you each day and sometimes, each hour. Go to your church friends and family and support groups. THey will help you!
Thank you for your story. It helps to know others are fighting and winning!
Jun 21, 2001 I'm just back from my final treatment of my thyroid gland cancer and have read the book about Lance during my recovery. Wow! It's been a great inspiration, particularly at the stage I was at. I felt it as some kind of relief, as I have found myself more "normal" after reading some of the things about Lance's perceptions and reactions while he was in his cancer phase and even after (which is the phase I'm in right now). Reading the book has been such a great journey in itself. Yes, Lance, and all the others in the cancer community, I now think too that we are the lucky ones. Best of luck to all of you.
Jun 22, 2001 I had just started work on my masters degree when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. I never considered any other outcome than I was going to beat the desease and get my life back on track as soon as possible. Thanks to doctors that took me through the process one step at a time, support of friends and family and one of the leading doctors in the treatment of Testicular Cancer, I received the news I was clear of the desease after my fourth course of chemo. When I went up to the wing where I had been treated to give them the good news and say my good-byes, one of the nurses told me that she felt it was important that I had maintained the attitude of "this thing was not going to beat me", and truly felt that that attitude was instrumental in not only my recovery, but others' as well. This cancer is beatable, never think otherwise. Oh yeah, I had my battle with cancer in 1978, and now enjoy a full active life of golf, hiking, soccer and chasing my grandkids. Remember, you will beat this, just like many of us already have.
Jul 17, 2001 God bless you Lance. Your fighting spirit & willingness to help others is an inspiration to all of us who are members of the cancer community. Well done on Alpe du Huez today & I will continue to cheer you all the way to Paris.
Jul 18, 2001 I am a big fan of Lance since I saw him in Athens Tx. in 1988 at a mini-triathlon. My wife was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in early April and was admitted for treatment in Tyler, Tx. around the middle of April. She fought hard and did everything right and her labs showed a steady improvement, but she was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage on May 10 and we let her go on May 11. Her funeral was on her 29th birthday, the day after Mothers Day. She left a beautiful baby girl for me to raise and the inspiration and love that she showed every day in every way will make it sier to complete the task she left me with. God was good to her and me by giving us each other and our wonderful daughter. Although not all ories have a happy ending, those of us left behind by our loved ones must face a much larger climb than any in the Alps. Thanks go to Lance for his inspiration and the role model he has become and thanks go to God for giving us the grace and strength to carry on when we feel we have reached the end. Stage 14 will find yellow!!!!
Jul 22, 2001 It is July 22 and I have been following the race closely. Never doubted for a minute that you would succeed again. I also just finished your book. husband bought it for me as I had your picture on my fridge throughout my treatments as an inspiration. I am 42, a mother, wife, nurse and breast cancer survivor (1 year). It took me a while before I was able to read the book. Now that I have, I am so glad and thankful that you have shared so honestly your ordeal. As a nurse I am also greatful for your portrayal of Latrice. Often times nurses are left out of these stories. As you know it is indeed a team effort to care for any patient. As a cancer patient and survivor, I feel very lucky. I had incredible support from my family, friends and colleagues. Despite surgery, chemo for 6 months and radiation, I was never sick, tired and did not lose my hair. I vowed to hit this thing head on - I exercised, ate well, continued to work and tried to stay positive. My regimen was not as rigorous as some, so I was very lucky. I admire all you have accomplished. I am still trying to figure out the "what next" part. I have faith it will come to me. Thank you for your inspiration and best wishes to you and your family for continued health and happiness!
Jul 24, 2001 I'm a cancer patient who misses my bike more than anything, and I am in tears in support of Lance's ride today. He is giving hope to me, that if HE can do it, so can I. Thank you for passing this on to him. It's important he knows just how important this race, and his fortitude is to so many!
Jul 25, 2001 Lance,
As a cyclist and cancer "Thrivor" I want to thank you, Lance and congratulate you on just one more outstanding accomplishment. I do not have Outdoor Life Network, so I must resort to listening to your race over the computer. I sat at my computer on Saturday morning listening to the way you attacked the mountains and the way you carried yourself with dignity toward Jan Ullrich and I cried. I was not sad, but overwhelmed with the fact that I am still alive and kicking to see another cancer survivor, Thrive!!! You are a testimony to the human spirit. You are an inspiration to what a human can accomplish. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I'll be watching you for the one hour a week that the Tour is televised. When I see you completely dressed in YELLOW, riding in Paris, you will inspire me once again. I hope you and Kristin, Luke and your two soon-to-be daughters have many happy healthy years together. God Bless.
Jul 25, 2001 Dear Lance, I am 28 years old and going through the last cycles of a one year chemo treatment. I follow your races every day while I am getting my chemo treatments, and seeing your incredible accomplishments while I am fighting cancer myself provides an unbelievable source of motivation to keep my own motivation up. Thank you, Lance! God bless you.
Jul 26, 2001 I love riding my bicycle and was diagnosed with advanced adrenal cancer in November of 2000 and had to stop riding. I had surgery with less than a 10 percent chance of surviving in March. You have been an inspiration to me to continue to fight for both my goals of surviving cancer and getting back on my bike. (I am more a casual rider! ha) I pray for you and thank you for all you have given me to continue to fight this cancer. I talk about you all the time because you give me hope and inspiration with your strength. I hope to be back on my bike by September. Good luck and thank you for being such a wonderful, positive influence for so many people. Thank you Lance.
Jul 26, 2001 You book has been a great inspiration to myself and my family. My brother was diagnosed with lung cancer around the outside lining of his Lung. It was unfornately a cancer that was untreatable. He was given 6 months to live. He survived a 1 1/2 years before passing away. Your story was an inspiration to him. It gave him hope and something to fight for. We can never thank you enough.
Jul 27, 2001 In 1986, I was diagnosed with leukemia and given 18 months to live. My response was to start training for triatholons. Four courses of chemo and a splenectomy later, my work has taken me out of triatholons, but I still ride bicycles. Like Lance, I am a survivor and I ride - only he rides 40 mph and I ride 14 - on good days. My wife and I are following Lance everyday in his quest to threepeat - and what a great message it is for cancer survivors everywhere - 8.4 million in the US and millions more around the world. No excuses, no "it's too hard", just proof that some of us who have the Cancer Superman Syndrome really are SUPER. If you haven't read his book, pick up a copy of It's Not About the Bike and read a magnificent inspirational story of success, love, and courage. Lance is certainly one of my great heros - whether he wins the Tour or not --- But I sure hope he wins.
Jul 28, 2001 HI, LANCE: I just read a column about you by Rick Reilly called "Mountain Lion" in Sports Illustrated for July 30, 2001. Compared to all the tumors and the cancer that you survived, I agree with Reilly that in climbing those moutains to take the lead in the Tour de France, you made the French Alps seem like "speed bumps." I beat prostate cancer myself in 1996. I go for a PSA blood check at least every six months. At age 60, I try to keep in shape by walking and doing exercises. Your spirit is what it takes to surmount life's obstacles.
Jul 29, 2001 After seeing photos of Lance when he was going through his cancer treatment and to know that he has now won the TOUR for the THIRD time give me hope that after a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy, I can at least complete the day to day tasks and go on living. My hat is off to you, Lance, and to your loving family for their support as well.
Jul 29, 2001 My dad got cancer of the larynx a few years ago. Radiotherapy cured him. He is a reformed geriatric, and is adventurous, not physically, but mentally. I believe the disease changed him. I read Lance's book recently, not only because I almost live on a bike, but because it also did something for him. He never became the victim. If you do, you end up victimising someone else. Don't accept it. Fight it.
Jul 29, 2001 Congrats Lance--You are the reason I am alive today. My dream is to meet you some day! I trained and did a Marathon in Carlsbad, CA in the year 2000 while still undergoing Chemo. My doctors said doing this might kill me because the trama to my body but I challenged the odds and I won! My doctors said I am a miracle, but I think I am following in Lance's footsteps. There is not one day that goes by that I don't pray for a cure -- but I know that for myself that if I work my hardest and create new challenges that I will survive! I opened up a pet bakery in LaJolla, CA shortly after I was given less that a 40 percent chance to live. I decided that I better get busy & live out my dreams and that's what I have set out to do. Your success only proves to me that life is too short to waste time!
Jul 30, 2001 I watch you every year with the races and I am so proud you won 3 times in a row. I am a breast cancer survivor and have prayers and best wishes for you to beat the cancer that almost took your life. You are an inspiration to all cancer victims to survive and do the best we can every day. The trick is not to think of being a victim at all but to fight and think of cancer as a tough challenge of your life. With God's help and the support of friends and family we will be survive and have a long life. I hope to get to meet you someday as you are my inspiration to beat cancer once and for good. Thank you Lance and God Bless You.
Aug 2, 2001 Keep your own dreams alive. I had my prostate removed due to cancer when I was 46 years old, two years ago. I took four months off cycling at that time to treat the cancer and focus strictly on the disease. Following the required lay up period to recover I quickly got back on my bike and began to ride like I never rode before. Having now survived for over two years from prostate cancer surgery I can attest to the fact that one never really knows what is around the next corner. However, if you make the corner more round than square you will be able to approach it with more tenacity and a game plan that is yours. Early detection is the key to survival. Have your psa (prostate specific antigen) tested annually and stay ahead of the competition to take your life...Happy trails.
Aug 3, 2001 I am a 31 year old woman with melenoma. I was diagnosed in '98. I went through a year of interferon to try and help stop a reccurance. I was only finished with that for 3 months when I had a reccurance. The cancer had spread to the remaining lymph nodes in that area. I sat in the car with my husband after that news, and we cried. I realized that I had a choice then. I could give up and let us both be scared, or I could fight and be strong. When I didn't feel strong enough alone, I would look at my husband and tell myself to be tough for him. When nothing else worked I could feel brave just by saying Lance Armstrong. Thank you and stay tough!