Date: October 1996
In October of 1996, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. While this particular type of cancer has one of the highest cure rates, Armstrong's case was made worse by the fact that his tumor had already spread to the brain and lungs. With brain and testicular surgery, as well as chemotherapy, in his future, Lance's chances of survival were slim.
Three years later, Armstrong was not only back to competing in the sport that he loved so much, but he went on to win the Tour de France for the next seven straight years. Regardless of all the controversies and accusations, Lance still deserves to be seen as a badass for overcoming his battle with cancer and coming back from his illness stronger and better than ever before.