In my own way I can relate to this and feel pride in Lance's achievement. Having faced my own battle for life during a serious flare-up of Crohn's disease, I fought back and won my own minor victory, completing the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride in 1997. In comparing the two, the Texan's triumph in Paris towers above that of an Englishman in a charity bike ride, but I find it impossible not to draw parallels.
Looking further afield, thousands of people face an everyday struggle against debilitating illnesses like cancer, Crohn's disease and others. Rather than sporting achievement, they strive to maintain as normal a life as possible. These underrated achievers don't make headlines or win medals, but can find inspiration in seeing a fellow "life struggler" like Lance Armstrong make good and achieve greatness.
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