It's different after you face it

When you're told that you have cancer, you face the possibility that you're going to die. People always say, well, all of us face that possibility. You could step off a curb and be hit by a car. But it's different. I've already been hit by the car. I'm just wondering if it's going to come back and get me again. And when you've actually faced the reality that you could die, it does make you look real hard at your life. It does make you treasure things a lot more. All the trite things that you hear about smell the roses, those things become very, very real. They're not as trite as they seem.

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