By Don Armstrong, Special for USDR
Before his diagnosis with acute myeloid leukemia 11 years ago, Don Armstrong prioritized being successful in business more than his relationships with other people. His motivations and goals, he now concedes, were out of whack and he was missing out on the best part of life. In his new memoir, Finish YOUR Race, Armstrong shares the hard-won lessons cancer taught him so that others can empower their own lives while facing their own adversities.
Armstrong, a consultant in the golf course industry who underwent five rounds of chemo in eight months and a successful stem cell transplant, is a man transformed by adversity. With a new priority to make a difference in the lives of others, he has already run 18 marathons, completed a triathlon and a 100-mile bicycle ride on his way to raising more than $100,000 for blood cancer research.
Among the lessons he learned are:
- Adversity affects all of us; it is how we react to it that can change the direction and outcome of our lives.
- Don’t obsess over life balance but be conscious of the ways it affects you and others.
- Attitude is a game changer. By changing your attitude, you can determine the course of your future.
- Live every day to the fullest, with no regrets and try to make a difference in other people’s lives. It’s never too late to do so.
CREDENTIALS: Don Armstrong is a motivational speaker and author whose first book, Finish YOUR RACE: Empower Your Life with Strategies from a Cancer Survivor, was released Feb. 8. Armstrong believes that life is a journey and everyone has their own race to run. He has raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is on the board of trustees of the North Texas Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Speaker Bureau. He is a past recipient of Carter BloodCare’s Advocate of the Year Award for his work promoting the North, Central and East Texas community’s blood supply.
SOURCE Don Armstrong