Learn how to experience bad news and difficult situations as challenges rather than as defeats. Patients diagnosed with metastatic cancers who viewed the diagnosis as a challenge and as an opportunity to become a fighter had better recovery rates than those who were convinced they would die. Epidemiological studies from my book In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions reveal that attitude and behavior can sometimes make the difference between death and survival. Optimizing your attitude and behavior is no cure, it simply improves the odds a little. Unfortunately, most people diagnosed with a deadly cancer such as pancreatic cancer or glioblastoma still die despite doing everything possible. But, at the very least, the dying process is less gruesome.