Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
—Maya Angelou (1928–2014) American Poet
I wish I had the voice of Homer to sing of rectal carcinoma.
—J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964) British Biologist, Geneticist
Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things—whether health or a car or an old sense of self—has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers.
—Lance Armstrong (b.1971) American Professional Racing Cyclist