It’s Not About the Bike
I was given Lance’s book “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life” and I read it faster than I’ve ever read a book…
He not only survived. He came back stronger.
His story inspired my fight.
Months later, after I had completed chemotherapy, there were indications some cancer was still in my body.
My oncologist wanted to operate. Invasively.
My incredible father took the initiative to call Larry Einhorn — because Einhorn was the oncologist who treated Lance Armstrong.
Larry Einhorn’s nurse spent hours reviewing my case and talking with us, ultimately advising me that the additional surgery my doctor wanted to perform was not yet necessary, and may turn out to not be necessary at all.
That second opinion changed the course of my life.
When I presented this opinion to my oncologist – she immediately changed her opinion to match it. “Einhorn said that? Okay.”
Over time, what they thought was remaining cancer in my body dissolved and eventually was not visible on the CT scans.
Within one year my oncologist stunned me with the word “cured.”
And I’m back.
Seven years on I haven’t won a Tour de France.
But I sometimes ride a bike.
And I sometimes run.
And I play soccer.
And mostly I try to appreciate my health.
To appreciate what I have and the fact that I’m alive.
It could have ended differently.
So, was his athletic accomplishment a fraud?
Did his story change my life?
Yes. In no small way it may have saved it.
And my point?
For me, It Was Never About The Bike.
But really, it was never about him at all.
What he inspired in me was already there.
And that’s what sports do. That’s what athletes do.