Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lies, Lance, and LIVESTRONG


Ah Lance! Say it isn't so?!

The jig is up and I am just so sad.

If you spent anytime with me over the past 4-6 months Lance probably came up, and I was the one fiercely defending him, his career, and his achievements. In fact I was more than a little obnoxious about it on several occasions.

So why was I so fiercely loyal to Lance?

It is not because I am a bicycle enthusiast (in fact I don't even own a bike at the moment). It is because as a Darwinian Fail, this man inspired me.

Lance is the original Darwinian Fail. Dire cancer diagnosis, horrible odds, a terrible treatment schedule and then the man comes back to win it all! And to win it all 7 times! There he was a shining example of sheer strength and determination. 

His body challenged him and he challenged it right back! He fought the war against his body and he won! He said "Livestrong", we were all there chanting and cheering it along with him.

I wanted so badly to believe in this man,  his message, and his journey... So reading all that damning evidence last week was a blow.

There is no doubt about it. Lance lied and he cheated.

But his message... "LIVESTRONG" - there is still a whole lot of truth in that.

We Darwinian Fails have not been genetically blessed. We will have to battle our genetic shortcomings, face dire diagnoses, and adapt to complications we never saw coming. But we will adapt! We will persevere! We will challenge our bodies with sheer will and determination, and we will win!

We will beat cancer! Our bodies are stronger than this disease! Our spirits are fierce and unstoppable!

Everything else may have been a lie, but that is the truth!

So LIVESTRONG friends!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail
Krysten

21 comments:

  1. LOVE this post. I can't add anymore because you said it all.

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  3. Great post, I am so sad that Lance did what he did but also still believe the organization is a great one!

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  4. Great post, and it's true, we will be cancer!

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  5. I too have defended him. Nothing can take away what he has done for cancer, BUT all this time I believed him. I had cancer right at the time of his first Tour de France win and I thought man, I can get through this because look what this dude did?!?

    It's been very disappointing. I've had to really come to terms with the truth about him.

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  6. You are LIVINGSTRONG, and that's the truth! You are one the strongest most inspirational people I know and your strength is like no other! You are unstoppable!

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  7. I've been defending him too - really it has been more about me being tired of people judging others in the media. The evidence is not looking good right now though...

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  8. I know I am not sure how to feel about the whole situation since I believed in him as well. I just keep aspiring to live the truth though....

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  9. Great post girl. He will continue to be a motivation... like yourself!

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  10. I heart you of course! and how you spell favorite ;)

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    1. It is the proper way to spell it. haha U is an important letter of the alphabet you silly Americans!

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  11. You are the living and running PROOF of how to live STRONG! You are more of an inspiration to me than he is. I don't care if he cheated, I don't care if he didn't. His accomplishments (however he achieved them) were funded and endorsed by major corporations. If he wants to train on elite equipment and top of the medical field treatments, he has that option.

    You are doing it on your own will power and strength. You go out on a daily basis and accomplish your training with what you have available to you. I'm not saying Lance had it easy, but being able to train in top notch facilities with state of the art nutrition is a hell of a lot easier than crawling out of bed and running around your neighborhood in Target gear. (And target gear kinda rules).

    I look at the accomplishments of those around me doing it in their own backyards with the support of friends and family. To me, that is living STRONG!

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    1. A lot of good points, as always. You are too sweet I swear! xoxox

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  12. I still can't believe it...BUT I haven't read the reports yet, I'm sure I will after that...he was always an inspiration to me too. It's sad, but I've found many new people to look up to and be inspired by..you being one of them :)

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  13. So many people come back stronger, better, from so many terrifying things. I am very sad that Lance wasn't all you, we, hoped he was.
    However, you yourself are so much more.

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  14. I completely agree with Pavement Runner - you are living proof of how to live strong!! I am with you. I so very badly wanted to believe in him and in his story. Not that I necessarily thought he was a great guy but because I believed in his story and the hope that he inspired. I think that's what disappoints me the most - he squashed some of that hope.

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    1. Exactly it was never about cycling or Lance as a person. It was the hope he inspired. Sigh...

      That hope is still there though. I know that we will beat cancer and our bodies are strong!

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  15. I like the positive attitude. I think that you are indeed a shining example of sheer strength and determination. All the best for the next marathon!

    goat weed

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  16. Yes we WILL! And yes, our BODIES ARE STRONGER THAN CANCER!! Ok, you seriously got me all pumped up with this post, but darn if I can't do anything about it since I am only 9-days post op!!!
    I am seriously missing me some endorphins right now! If you find any to spare, please send them my way;)

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  17. Love this post. Thank you for writing it!

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