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Proving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer isn't a death sentence, Patrick Swayze has been an inspiration to anyone facing tough times.
"How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you're a dead man?" the actor, who stars in the upcoming A&E series The Beast, said in an interview with the New York Times. "You go to work."
Patrick explained that his work is what is keeping him strong. "I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face," he said. "I'm proud of what I'm doing."
He does admit, however, that the treatment for the disease can take its toll. "It's a battle zone I go through," the Dirty Dancing star said. "Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels."
But, when it comes down to it, Patrick says that winning this battle makes him feel like he can take on anything. "I've made a pretty decent mark so far - nothing to scoff at," he said. "But it does make you think: Wait a minute. There's more I want to do. Lots more. Get on with it."
I just love him. Continue to get well, Patrick!