After the chemotherapy treatments, after the radiation session, after the bone-marrow transplant and after being told his cancer was in remission again, Jarrod Lyle's hair started to grow back. Only this time instead of straight and dark, it was curly and gray.
"It looked like I had had a bloody perm or something," he said in a recent phone interview from his home in Australia.
Lyle, who turns 32 on Aug. 21, can chuckle now, especially after his locks grew back to normal after a haircut. In March 2012, Lyle was diagnosed with a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that develops in the bone marrow, and faced an uncertain future. The fifth-year Tour pro learned of his relapse mere days before his first child was to be born. Two forces warred within him: grief and a desire to cry out that he had beaten this ugly disease before and would do so again. Still, the magnitude of the situation did not escape him: "I was in a fight for my life," he said.
Lyle's latest episode with...