It's Not About the Bike Themes

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Cancer Survival

Cancer survival is a main theme throughout the book. Lance has a goal from the minute he is diagnosed that he will beat the disease, even if it is against all odds. One learns late in the book that Lance had very low odds of survival. The description of survival in the book is that it is something one actively takes on. One cannot just sit back waiting for it to happen, but must believe it, whole mind and heart.

It becomes clear that survival is not something that one achieves and then are done. It is a process which Lance lays out very clearly, but he also shows that it is not easy. One's mind can fight being the survivor. There can be guilt, uncertainty, and fear all along the way. It really is not something one can achieve, it really is a journey.

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