Don Armstrong was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood cancer that threatened to end his life, in September 2005. Early in his journey (race), he learned that fewer than 30 percent of those diagnosed with AML survive beyond five years. He endured five rounds of chemo in eight months, culminating in a successful stem cell transplant on May 12, 2006. This was his new “birthday” and his second chance at life. On that day, he became a “survivor”.
Battling cancer was an eye opener for Don and taught him a great deal about himself and about life in general. His journey (race) was filled with uncertainty and challenges on a day by day basis. His journey (race) was also filled with victories which lead to an understanding of life lessons and valuable life strategies which changed almost every aspect of his life. Don discovered that adversity affects us all, but it doesn’t define us — it’s the way we react that determines and changes the outcome.
Don wrote Finish YOUR Race to share the extraordinary lessons and strategies he learned while his life was on the line. The strategies he discovered aren’t just for cancer patients — everyone can use them to empower their lives.
When you read this uplifting memoir, you will be captivated by Don’s story, inspired by his determination and encouraged by his example. You’ll learn that it’s possible to transcend even the most challenging circumstances, find your life purpose and live it with passion in the process.
Cancer Survivor, Author, Motivational Speaker