This week we’ve been talking about enthusiasm and celebrating life. So, as I was looking for an example, I realized that those who appreciate the gift of life the most are those who almost lost it.

Take Lance Armstrong, for example.

A cyclist on the International stage, he developed a few physical symptoms that sent him to the doctor. In 1996, he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer that had metastasized to his brain and lungs. Already coughing up blood, his doctors gave him a 40% survival rate.

Determined to fight for his life, Lance underwent both brain and testicular surgery in addition to extensive chemotherapy.

A few years later, cancer-free, he won the Tour de France in 1999. And again in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. A record-setting seven straight years.

He’s not the only one who has survived a brush with death and gone on to live life to the full. A quick Google search led me to a collection of over one hundred articles about “My second chance at life: True stories about facing death.”

What about you? How would facing death make you appreciate life? Would it make you more enthusiastic about the mundane? How would you live differently if you “lived like you were dying?”

Friday Focus – Lance Armstrong
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2 thoughts on “Friday Focus – Lance Armstrong

  • February 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

    >Not take one single moment for granted.

  • February 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    >The song, "Live like you were dying" really resonates with me.
    For some reason, I don't think I need the near death experience to have full appreciation of life. Could be seeing others suffer and die…I don't know.
    My goal is to figure out how to live life a little more outside of the box – not following every man-made rule to fit into someone else's idea of what I should be.
    Nothing wild, nothing immoral, nothing crazy…just simple pleasures.

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