After years of denial, cyclist Lance Armstrong reportedly confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday. Diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer at age 25, Armstrong went on to win the Tour de France a record seven times and advocated for the cancer survivor community through the charity he founded, LiveStrong.
Andrea Mitchell, herself a cancer survivor, weighed in on Andrea Mitchell Reports Tuesday:
What Lance Armstrong did and what he represented is very personal for millions and millions of people. I remember when, after my diagnosis, they sent me a bracelet and materials from him and it just is incredibly disillusioning, as it is with other athletes who have been proved to be cheaters.
Mitchell announced in September 2011 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer “in the earliest stages” and described her prognosis as “terrific.”