When Lance Armstrong — already a world class athlete and cyclist — was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain in 1996, he announced at a press conference that he’d be back racing.

Bike racerHe then methodically went about educating himself about his illness to fight it. Armstrong knew that even taking all the right steps was no guarantee. But he bolstered himself with the knowledge that a good attitude would only enhance whatever his chances were (which doctors put at well less than 50%).

“Anything’s possible,” Armstrong wrote in “It’s Not About The Bike,” with Sally Jenkins. “You can be told you have a 90% chance or a 50% chance or a 1% chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight. By fight I mean arm yourself with all the available information, get second opinions, third opinions and fourth opinions. Understand what has invaded your body, and what the possible cures are. The more informed and empowered patient has a better chance of long-term survival.”

“I greet the morning with enthusiasm, excited about the opportunity to improve on the day before, and to embrace the challenges that lie ahead. That’s what life is all about: taking advantage of every minute because you don’t know where the ride will take you next.”

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