Last week the US Anti-Doping Agency formally charged Lance Armstorng with possession and use of testosterone and blood doping. In a move that could possibly strip him of his 7 Tour de France Titles. For a long time Lance has been seen as an inspiration to cancer patients and survivors. As a survivor myself I can assure you he is not an inspiration to me.
You see at the age of 21 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, yes 21. I had a recurrence at 25 and I have been cancer free ever since. I know we try to live by the mantra of innocent until proven guilty. We have also seen the power of money in these situations. Even the guiltiest can be acquitted if they throw around enough green stuff.
In my own opinion Lance Armstrong is guilty, I believe he is a cheater. You cannot trust athletes now a days it is an unfortunate effect of the steroid era. I will be honest when Lance started the Livestrong Foundation I was a sucker and laid money down for my own yellow bracelets. I did not know much about him at the time but he seemed like a good guy and was a survivor like me.
Now all I see is a fraud and cheat and not inspiration.
If you want inspiration think of the millions who have fought, fight and beat cancer or who have lost the war with cancer. It is not an easy fight. It takes a lot out of you, chemotherapy makes you tired and sick. There many cancer patients and survivors who are good people trying to make the world better. Find inspiration in the folks who have lost someone to this awful disease and the fight they continue in their honor.
Let you inspiration be tangible and real. Not a person who is only real on TV. I know he raises money for cancer but there are many trustworthy cancer foundations out there. You are free to donate to whomever you choose. Just please stop calling him an inspiration, he is not. Tom Green is a more suitable testicular cancer inspiration than Lance Armstrong.