You have to believe, and you have to fight

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Anything’s possible.

After I was well again, I asked Dr. Nichols what my chances really were. “You were in bad shape,” he said. He told me I was one of the worst cases he had seen. I asked “How bad was I? Worse than fifty percent?” He shook his head. “Worst twenty percent?” He shook his head again. “Worst ten?” He still shook his head.

When I got to three percent, he started nodding.

Anything’s possible. You can be told you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent 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, fourth opinions. Understand what has invaded your body, and what the possible cures are. It’s another fact of cancer that the more informed and empowered patient has a better chance of long-term survival.

by Lance Armstrong (September 18, 1971)
from It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
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