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Wednesday, February 23, 2005 


It's Not About the Bike is about a lot of things, including "the bike." It's about who Lance Armstrong is, and his emotional scars. It's about how he beat cancer because of his good physical condition, high tolerance for pain, and experience with endurance. It's about his friends and those who reached out to him and made his successes possible. It's about his wife who supports him to the point of self-deprecation. But all of these things don't make me care about him. His story, although engagingly told in simple everyday language that was clearly his, did not make me care about him.

It did, however, make me think about the work he does for cancer research and treatment. A friend's parent recently died while undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments for breast cancer. My friends began to wear the "Livestrong" bracelet after she was diagnosed and still wear it daily.

The fact that someone survived cancer and went on to do great things athletically is great. The fact that they began devoting energy and time to raising funds and awareness for cancer research is fantastic. The fact that the person who did these things was Lance Armstrong is inconsequential.

The people who fight for awareness about and funding for diseases are those who have had their lives traumatized by that disease. If you happen to be famous, you are usually more effective. By enduring their trials, people become humbled and understanding of other peoples' pain. They understand the pain so well that they refuse to stand idly by and not help. This is why most charities are started.

I think that it's a great thing to give back. I think that Lance Armstrong telling his story of survival is good because it helps others understand the emotional and physical processes of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

But Lance Armstrong didn't do it by himself, and he never claims otherwise. Every step of the way there was someone helping him. When he was going through cancer treatment people were constantly with him and assisting him. When his wife was going through the painful process of in-vitro fertilization, she bore the brunt of the pain. When he raced, he was able to win because of the team he worked with.

I think that his honesty about how he didn't do anything alone was good, but I wished he had. It would have made the story more compelling.

However, in real life, although individuals get the credit for making a difference, no person can to something truly great without some help from others. I think that's why he decided to help others in his own way and support cancer research. Understanding that you didn't do it by yourself makes you want to help others in return.

JP interesting. I agree that the attention Lance has brought to cancer awareness is wonderful, the time he has spent developing events and raising money to support cancer research is impressive. I respect him for putting himself out there and helping people out. BUT these are not reasons why I should like his book. I like what he has done, not his work. Just like I like Michael Jackson’s work, but not what he has done.

So… Monday you claimed you were going to discuss the gossipy end of it all… the separation from his wife. I would love to hear.

Rebecca... I love that you called Kaycee JP. You get a gold star for that. ;)

KAYCEE - I have a friend named JP who is all about sporting her Livestrong bracelet. Me... I have one and have never worn it. It's yellow, and when I wear yellow I look like I have the jaundice. Ewww.

I think you made some interesting points. I think that Mr. Armstrong has done a lot for the advancement of cancer treatment and research, but so have A LOT of other people.

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LOL...Girl, I write TOMORROW. You'll have to wait for my shallow post TOMORROW. ;)

Me thinks the holiday messed with your noggin. LOL

And can I just say that Sarah and I are not longer banned from this website any longer here at work! Unfortunately, her site is still categorized as porn. Yes, this still makes me laugh.

Anyway, let the not-working begin! (kidding...sort of.)

The holidays did mess with my noggin... For some reason I was thinking that Kaycee was still in Vegas.

I need more sleep.

Just today I was thinking of a charity I could start...being a Woman of Leisure, charity work is an important part of my lifestyle choice. But then I remembered that I am neither rich nor famous so no one would pay attention to me and my start up charity. Way to go Lance Armstrong...

I like Kaycees comments on doing it alone. Too many people go it alone. Which you can not do. Its good to have a support team. But we can not forget that ulitmately you got to do it yourself.

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This Week's Topic:

  • The Sabbath Day

Various Authors

  • Monday:
    Kaycee opted out of Mormondom 4 years ago. She calls herself agnostic.
  • Tuesday:
    Sarah is not your average Gospel Doctrine Teacher.
  • Wednesday:
    Carrie Ann comes from pioneer stock, and lives in Provo, but is open minded and fair.
  • Thursday:
    Ned Flanders hasn't been to church in a while, but maintains an interest in all things Mormon.
  • Friday:
    John C. is an academic with a sense of humor and a testimony.
  • Saturday:
    JP's not going to church and feeling okay about it.

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