Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me to plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposeful. 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

The more I thought about it, the more cancer seemed like a race to me. Only the destination had changed. They shared grueling physical aspects, as well as a dependence on time, and progress reports every interval, with checkpoints and a slavish reliance on numbers… The idea was oddly restorative; winning my life back would be the biggest victory.

~ Lance Armstrong