How’s Lance Doing Now

John H. Richardson checks in {esquire} with the disgraced cyclist in a long-ranging, thought-provoking piece that chronicles his life after admitting guilt and the general public’s complicity in the creation of the Lance myth.

This part really resonated with me:

The rest of us profited in more subtle ways. In the dark days that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Armstrong was a living American myth, the troubled and cocky natural who fought testicular cancer and came back to win the hardest sports event in the world seven times in a row. Seven times in a row! It was a resurrection, a modern miracle

The guy gave me a lot of hope during my recovery with encephalitis. Even though my bout was nothing like cancer, his determination and incredible comeback gave me hope and a reason to carry on.