When a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to know what to say. Sadly, this sometimes translates into saying nothing at all.
To show our support for cancer patients, we have to speak up. We asked our community to share words of encouragement that helped them through their battle. They offered some amazing suggestions.
If you’re struggling to find the right words, here are 12 kind things to say to someone with cancer:
- “Bald is beautiful.”
- “I’m so proud of your strength.”
- “I pray for you every day.”
- “This stinks.”
- “Let me help you with…”
- Tell a joke.
- “You are not alone.”
- “Any time you need to talk, I’ll listen.”
- “What day works for a visit?”
- “You’ve got this!”
- “This doesn’t define you.”
- “Did you see the latest episode?”
- 1. “Bald is beautiful.”
- 2. “I’m so proud of your strength.”
- 3. “I pray for you every day.”
- 4. “This stinks.”
- 5. “Let me help you with…”
- 6. Tell a Joke
- 7. “You are not alone.”
- 8. “Any time you need to talk, I’ll listen.”
- 9. “What day works for a visit?”
- 10. “You’ve got this.”
- 11. “This doesn’t define you.”
- 12. “Did you see the latest episode?”
- Show Love with Actions, Too
- Start a CaringBridge Site
- Inspirational Quotes For Cancer Patients
- Words of Encouragement Provide Strength for the Fight
- Inspirational Cancer Quotes for Patients
- Words of Encouragement From a Cancer Survivor
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1. “Bald is beautiful.”
If undergoing chemotherapy, your loved one may lose their hair during treatment. This is a very emotional process and feeling confident could be a challenge at first.
No matter what physical symptoms your loved one is experiencing, this is an opportunity for you to make sure they know they still look amazing, beautiful and strong.
“I have a friend who was going thru the same journey I was. When we both lost our hair, he would walk up to me and tell me that and give me a kiss on the head. His wife later told me that when he started doing it to her several times a day, it made her feel more comfortable.”
Beth Shumate Chapman
2. “I’m so proud of your strength.”
Even if you’ve never had cancer, you can still appreciate how hard your loved one is fighting every day. Give them the recognition they deserve with this simple phrase. It might be just the thing they need to push through the day.
3. “I pray for you every day.”
Hearing this can be a great comfort, and the act of praying may be very peaceful for you as well. If you or your loved one aren’t religious, it’s still helpful to hear someone is sending you good vibes daily.
“My BFF has been fighting cancer for two years & I mail a card each week with uplifting sentiments. I remind her how much she means to me & how proud I am of her strength & faith. I always tell her I’m praying for her journey.”
4. “This stinks.”
Cancer stinks. Sometimes, validating that for someone who has to go through it every day is all that needs to be said in the moment.
5. “Let me help you with…”
This is one of the most helpful things you can say. Instead of asking your loved one how you can help, tell them specifically what you’re able to help with.
Treatment, doctor’s appointments and physical symptoms make it difficult to keep up with day-to-day life. Make sure your loved one knows that everything will be taken care of. Their focus should be on healing, not worrying.
“Instead of placing the burden of decision on the patient or their caregiver, offer specific options of things to do. For example: may I come over and change the linens, clean out the refrigerator, bring teas for when visitors come, read to the patient while you nap.”
“Prepare meals, help with laundry, cleaning and give gifts to help with things to purchase.”
MaryAnn Lansky Bunjevac
6. Tell a Joke
After all, laughter is the best medicine.
“Chemo nurse says, ‘Well how ya doing today except for the cancer?’ She always made me laugh and we would go on to other funny stories that always lifted the spirits!”
7. “You are not alone.”
Cancer can feel isolating. Make sure your loved one knows that everyone who loves them is with them on their health journey. They are not fighting this battle alone.
8. “Any time you need to talk, I’ll listen.”
Having someone there to listen is enormously helpful for someone with cancer. They’re experiencing a lot of emotions, so it’s good to offer an outlet for whatever they want to talk about.
9. “What day works for a visit?”
Humans are social creatures. We thrive off personal interactions, especially with those who we feel comfortable around. During this difficult time, it’s crucial to show your support by planning regular visits. This will give your friend or family member a sense of community and help them feel like things are more normal.
“Initially, when my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – his friends came around and visited. Further into this disease they stopped coming. My wish is that they still continued to come visit, even if he wasn’t interacting with them. My dad still needed the support and love and care of his friends. I would just go sit with my dad and read to him (even if he snoozed) or talk to him about stuff…even mundane stuff because it helps him to not be alone and to have some sense of “normality” in his illness.”
10. “You’ve got this.”
A little motivation goes a long way. Pump your loved one up. Make them feel powerful. They will appreciate you bringing the positivity despite a negative situation.
11. “This doesn’t define you.”
Cancer has a way of feeling all-encompassing. Those affected may feel like their identity revolves around being a cancer patient. That is simply not true.
Your loved one is so much more than someone who has cancer. They could be a dog-lover, artist, parent… Help them focus on all their amazing traits that have nothing to do with their illness.
12. “Did you see the latest episode?”
This isn’t a specific saying—it’s a reminder to talk about something else other than cancer. Cancer patients spend plenty of time discussing treatment, symptoms and prognosis. Your loved one will appreciate those who can find something brighter to talk about. Whatever topic you choose, getting their mind off their illness will be refreshing.
Show Love with Actions, Too
A care package is worth 1,000 words. Another way to show support is with a thoughtful gift or helping out with tasks. Check out these gift ideas for cancer patients for a little inspiration.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it is tough to know what to say to someone with cancer. Use these 12 encouraging phrases to show how much you care without struggling to find the right words. And if you have any additional ideas, please share them. We’d love to hear what words have helped you.
Start a CaringBridge Site
CaringBridge is a nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health crisis through the use of free, personal websites. Could you or a loved one benefit from starting a CaringBridge site to keep family and friends informed and get the love, and support they need?
Inspirational Quotes For Cancer Patients
As a survivor, I spend a lot of time searching for motivational phrases and images to keep me going and to keep me uplifted. These are just some of the many inspirational quotes for cancer patients that my fellow survivors and I look to.
“We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” – Lance Armstrong.
The first time I read this, I lost my breath, and I got goose bumps. All too often, we forget about the patient’s emotional fight while they’re physically fighting their diagnosis. But cancer is a disease of the body, mind, and soul.
“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamond.
I find this one important because in the beginning, cancer really felt like a prison sentence. Now, cancer is just a part of who I am, but it does not define me.
“Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” – gotCancer.org.
I have this on a T-shirt featuring a scowling bulldog.
I have a shortened version of this poem on a bracelet that I wear every day. Whenever my illness feels like it’s too much to bear, I just look down and read this:
“What Cancer Cannot Do”
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit”
– Author Unknown
“Scars are tattoos with better stories.” – Author Unknown.
I really like this one encouraging for young adults.
Other inspirational quotes for cancer patients that I’m fond of include:
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Even before my diagnosis, I found comfort and strength in Eleanor Roosevelt. For me, she is a pillar of strength I hope to one day become.
“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” – Author Unknown.
“You don’t always have to hold yourself together…” – II Corinthians 12:9
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher.
I framed this quote 10 years ago, and it’s the last thing I read before I go to sleep at night.
“If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.” -Will Smith
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills
“At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.” – Author Unknown.
I repeat this one to myself every day.
Other quotes my friends used to get through the darker times:
- “Live to Win!”
- “You are NOT alone.”
- “Yes, they’re fake, the real ones tried to kill me!” – My favorite, from a breast cancer survivor
Find what inspires you, and keep it where it is easily accessible for those moments that are too much to bear.
Words of Encouragement Provide Strength for the Fight
Bonnie Annis is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma with metastasis to the lymph nodes. She is an avid photographer, freelance writer/blogger, wife, mother and grandmother.
“You’ve got this,” my brother said, as I shared concerns over an upcoming visit with the oncologist. His vote of confidence gave me a much-needed infusion of courage. He had no idea how much I needed to hear those words and how perfect his timing in sharing them had been.
For those of us who continually deal with bloodwork, testing and scans for a possible recurrence of cancer, words of encouragement mean so much. It’s not easy to face those periodic appointments.
Every month, when I look at my calendar, I see appointments. The most important ones, visits related to my health, are circled in red. When I see them, I begin to get nervous. No matter how hard I try, there’s always that little “what if” demon circling overhead. Try as I might, feelings of fear and dread creep in. Often, I find it necessary to give myself permission to be afraid. As I tiptoe quietly through trepidatious thoughts, I make myself realize those feelings aren’t truth. That’s when I do my best to shake off those feelings and move forward, but sometimes it’s difficult to do on my own.
Hearing a friend or family member say, “I’m here for you,” or “You don’t know what the future holds,” gives me a reality check. The truth is, I don’t know what the future might hold. While I might face a recurrence at some point, it’s important not to get hung up on the unknown.
Words have a great deal of power! It doesn’t matter if they come in the form of a phone call, a text, a letter or a card, as long as they come. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important for those fighting cancer to have some form of support system. When there are no close family or friends available to offer up words of hope, there’s another resource that many may not know about.
Community support is a vital resource. Many hospitals have found the value in offering cancer support groups. Social media is another venue for community support.
When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I had no family living close by. During that time, I felt very alone so I turned to social media in hopes of finding a breast cancer support group. It wasn’t difficult to find one and then many. In each of the groups, even though the women were complete strangers, I never faced a day without constant messages of love and support. I was amazed that many of those offering their words of encouragement to me were also fighting their own health battles.
So, what can you say to someone dealing with a severe health issue, especially when you aren’t sure what to say? One of the best things to say is “You’ve got my support,” or “Let me know how I can help.” You might also want to say something like “I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,” or “It’s OK to be afraid.” Whatever you choose to say, keep in mind the person on the receiving end needs a firm vote of confidence. They don’t need to hear about your fears or concerns for them.
Periodic checkups for the cancer patient naturally bring concern; however, I feel like nine times out of ten, the person needing encouragement will never ask for it.
One of the best pieces of advice I can share, as a four-year survivor of breast cancer, is take time to listen. As your friend or family member shares about upcoming visits to the oncologist or mentions any type of testing that may be scheduled, pay attention to what he or she may not be saying. Listen for those little pauses that might signal an underlying fear. Those are cues to offer up a kind word of encouragement.
When you can’t find the right words to say, perhaps an “I love you” or an “I understand” would suffice.
The main thing is to express the words from your heart. Words offered with a serving of love help equip others to face their fight with a little more courage and a little more hope.
Inspirational Cancer Quotes for Patients
“You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.”
“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”
“One day at a time, one step at a time. Do what you can, do your best. Let God handle the rest.”
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
“Whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story, that change will bring you to peaceful shores.”
“No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way.”
“It’s about focusing on the fight and not the fright.”
“Faith is daring to go beyond what the eyes can see.”
“The experienced mount climber is not intimidated by a mountain – he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem – he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.”
~William Arthur Ward
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present.”
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
“Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.”
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
~Joshua J. Marine
“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
“Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.”
“Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.”
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.”
“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.”
“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”
“The potential within you is greater than the obstacles around you.”
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
“Your deepest valleys lead you to your highest mountaintops.”
“There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”
“Cancer is WAY too serious to be taken seriously all the time.”
Words of Encouragement From a Cancer Survivor
This year I’ll celebrate my three-year “Cancerversary” of a Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer diagnosis. It took eight months of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to battle my disease. As a survivor, I can say that the healing process is arduous. Physical and mental challenges continue long after the stages of cancer end, but for me, life has become more meaningful. After assessing cancer’s collateral beauty, I have found so much to enjoy and appreciate.
Some days my bones feel twice my age and chemo-brain leaves me struggling to find the right words. But I’ve done more living since my cancer treatment ended in February than I have in many years. I’ve landed on the ocean from a seaplane, I’ve snorkeled, kayaked, seen the rolling waves of both coasts, saw the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, savored the change of seasons in the Midwest, and spectated at my kids’ soccer, volleyball, and music performances. I am so thankful for these moments in motherhood and for my life as a whole.
Life experiences are more meaningful when you’ve been given a second chance. Things I thought were important before cancer seem insignificant after cancer. I am still new at survivorship and learning how to navigate, but my life is beautiful and totally worth living.
I’ve discovered some things I’d like to share that have helped me live a richer, more hope-filled life as a cancer survivor.
1. You are a survivor.
The day you were diagnosed, you became a cancer survivor. A survivor is someone who continues to live. Think of survivorship as a mindset. Each day is a gift, so do things that are meaningful to you. Live in the present, not focused on the past or trying to predict the future. Cancer is a part of your story, but don’t let it define you. Delight in life as a cancer survivor. Have faith that God’s got this. He has a plan for you, even if you can’t see it now. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:10).
2. Choose joy.
There are so many things about cancer that are beyond our control, but how we react is entirely up to us. We are in full control of our own attitude and cancer has no power over joy. I’m going to say that again, cancer has no power over joy. It cannot defeat your spirit. Choose to be joyful and glad that you are alive. Lean into the Lord. Put your trust in Him and never give up hope.
There will be days as a survivor when this feels impossible. It’s ok to be discouraged, but don’t linger there. How you handle your circumstances shapes your character. Your cup is either half empty or half full. It’s all in how you choose to see it. Don’t let worry or fear steal your joy. Listen for God’s Word. The Lord kept planting Joshua 1:9 in me, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
…challenges continue long after cancer treatments ended, but for me, life has become more meaningful.
3. Have a grateful heart.
Find something to be grateful for each day. Being grateful helps cultivate a positive outlook, which I believe is healing. I’m not grateful for breast cancer, but I am grateful for the relationships that have developed as a result. I’ve met people who have enriched my life immeasurably that I may never have known without cancer.
Be grateful for the beauty in everyday life: the smell of rain, a brilliant sunset, the first signs of spring. Celebrate survivor milestones. Create a gratitude journal to capture your positive affirmations and reinforce an attitude of gratitude. Claim it by writing it down.
Some days are difficult as a cancer survivor. We feel physically and emotionally fragile. These are the days that I turn to God’s Word. One of my favorite devotionals is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It always speaks to me and calms my spirit, giving me great peace. I am most grateful for my personal relationship with God, I have been growing in faith exponentially through my cancer journey. It’s not something easy to define, but when I feel His presence I am not afraid.
4. Faith over fear.
I can waste a lot of my life worrying. It’s a life skill I’ve developed, and I’m really good at it. I have found that with a little practice (OK, a lot of practice), I can overcome fear with faith. By choosing to immerse myself in God’s promises instead of worrying about things beyond my control, I live a fuller, happier life.
Fear can be an insurmountable burden for cancer survivors. Fear of pain, death, recurrence, financial strain, and fear of the unknown are all common concerns. I’ve learned that our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. Face fear head-on and conquer it with your faith in Jesus Christ.
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My worst fear with cancer is dying and leaving my husband without a wife and my children without a mother. The reality is that we are all going to die at some point, whether it’s from cancer or something else. If you believe in heaven, then death is not something to fear. My pastor always says the resurrection means the worst thing is never the last thing. Death isn’t the last thing. Because Jesus died on the cross for us, the best thing is the last thing. Even if cancer takes my life, I will be reunited with my family in heaven, where there is no pain and everyone is cancer-free. Fear disappears when you know the end of the story.
During treatment, I needed something to keep me from feeling overwhelmed. The thought of so many appointments, tests, and treatments felt unbearable. To help me focus on one day at a time, my sister-in-law created a chemo checklist that I could check off after each cancer treatment. There was something so gratifying about checking the “done” box after each treatment. My chemo chart referenced a powerful verse from Scripture for each treatment. I leaned into these verses in my weakness and they gave me great hope and strength.
Here are a few of my personal favorites; may they bless you as they did me:
“Faith; it does not make things easy, it makes them possible” (Luke 1:37)
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29)
“I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand” (Isaiah 41:10)
“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14)
“I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you!” (2 Kings 20:5)
…cancer has no power over joy. It cannot defeat your spirit.
Cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a great deal of endurance and perseverance to get through it, and there’s no conditioning that prepares you mentally or physically. Let others help you. Accepting help is not a sign of weakness. Don’t try to be a hero and do all things on your own. It will hinder your healing. Cancer is hard. Friends and family want to help. They feel helpless because they can’t take away your cancer. Their hearts hurt for you and it is healing for them to be able to do something helpful: provide a meal, water your plants, walk your dog, etc. People are blessed by helping you. Tell them what you need, don’t assume they know.
I believe God provides armor bearers to carry us through difficulties. They come bearing movie tickets for your family, a hot meal, a warm blanket, flowers, snack baskets, smoothies, devotionals, magazines, healing hugs, encouraging words, and chemo charts. These are the people who love you through it. Listening when you need an ear, attending appointments, running errands, and letting you know how much they care.
When you feel up to it, be an armor bearer for someone else. Pay it forward by sharing your gifts. Nothing makes me feel better than doing something nice for someone else. It’s therapeutic and gets my mind off my own troubles. Cancer is scary. It’s reassuring to talk with someone who’s been there and knows the ropes. Your insight will be a huge blessing to others facing this disease.
If you don’t have a good support system, seek out local cancer support groups. Most offer free classes and you’ll meet other cancer survivors in your area. It’s good to talk with people who understand what you’ve been through. Good support groups to try are Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen, Livestrong, local churches, and hospitals.
We all know a few people who don’t know how to react or what to say when they see you. Their eyes wander to your bald head and they can’t look you in the eye or they say the wrong thing. Or worse, they go out of their way to avoid you because cancer makes them uncomfortable or they are afraid you might see them cry. They don’t realize that crying is ok, even healing. Don’t be angry or sad over people who can’t be there for you. Be forgiving; some people are natural caregivers, and others aren’t. Give grace to these people and love them anyway.
Cancer is a marathon. Not a sprint.
6. Take care of yourself.
Try to stay strong spiritually, mentally, and physically. I’m no fitness expert, but I believe a healthy body stands a better chance of fighting cancer. I can’t say that you’ll never get cancer again if you take care of yourself. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It strikes all walks of life. I’m suggesting that you do what’s within reason for you. Treatment took the wind out of my sails. If I ever have to do it again, I want to be as physically strong as possible. At this point, I’m still recovering from round one with breast cancer, but I beat it and want to stay in the ring for however many rounds it takes to win.
I want to believe I’m in control of my own destiny. I know that’s the control freak coming out of me and let’s face it, none of us are really in control. God’s got our lives all mapped out. But I feel like I’m taking control by doing something proactive to fight cancer when I do good things for myself. For my type of cancer, my doctor said I should be as lean as possible, eat “clean,” and exercise—a lot. Those were his words, not mine. Hard advice to follow, but cancer has been a real motivator for me.
Here’s a way to make it easier, and a rationale I can get behind. Suzanne Dixon MPH, MS, RD says we should look at our health as a bank account. We are constantly making deposits into our account that improve our health (eating fruits and vegetables, exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight); and making withdrawals for things that are not healthy (smoking, alcohol, stress, processed foods, not getting enough sleep). It’s all about balance. Enjoy your life and have an occasional glass of wine or decadent dessert, but build your health account balance by making more deposits than withdrawals.
I’ve changed my eating habits, made exercise and sleep a priority, and reduced my stress level. I’m selective and frugal when it comes to withdrawals. The indulgences I find worthy of withdrawal are the occasional glass of wine, grilled steak, and good chocolate. I can maintain a healthy balance by making deposits of good choices. I love to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and enjoy walking with my friends, which reduces stress by being social.
Here are some excellent resources for information on survivor health: American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Julie Langford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN (cancer dietitian), and Suzanne Dixon MPH, MS, RD (epidemiologist and registered dietitian).
Cancer can seem like a Goliath: intimidating, overwhelming, and impossible to conquer. David faced the giant without fear because he had faith that the Lord would give him the strength to defeat Goliath. A friend shared a card with me that says, “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart” (Psalm 46:1-2). On the other side, the card says, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” These words were crossed out and replaced with the words, “God will help you handle all that you’ve been given.” God didn’t give me cancer, but He’s most certainly helping me through it.
Fear disappears when you know the end of the story.
If you are a cancer survivor, care for a survivor, or are someone challenged by your circumstances and looking for hope and peace, approach each day with a joyful heart and positive attitude. Be grateful for what God has provided and choose faith over fear. Know your limitations and accept help from others, and share your gifts with those in need. Take care of yourself by filling your health account and be ever mindful that you are a Survivor. You’ve been given a second chance, so live your life to the fullest and enjoy each day.
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A lot of people are more afraid of cancer than any other diseases. It’s known to take lives and make people go through intense pain, anxiety, and hardship. It can also cause hopelessness, depression, and fear that can make one’s condition a lot worse.
If you know anyone who’s dealing with it, take the time to show your support. Visit him, listen to what he wants to say, and give him encouragement. Here are some really great cancer quotes you can start with.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamon
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa
There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope. – Baruch Spinoza
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon
See Also: 25 Inspirational Courage Quotes with Pictures
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. – Emory Austin
Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient. – Jennifer Aniston
Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy. – Felicia Hemans
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at a time of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Also Read: 20 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes & Pictures
Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. – Jim Valvano
You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. – Dave Pelzer
Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it. – gotCancer.org
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
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When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell. – Lance Armstrong
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. – Cayla Mills
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. – Winston Churchill
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Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
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What does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche
Scars are tattoos with better stories.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
Hope is the physician of each misery. – Irish Proverb
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We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott
Optimism is the foundation of courage. – Nicholas Murray Butler
Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me. – Ingrid Bergman
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45 Words of Encouragement for Cancer Patients – Uplifting to the Soul!
Take courage dear friends who are facing the battle of cancer. Jesus is greater than any enemy we face in this life. We overcome because He has overcome, and our lives are hidden in Christ. May God cover you with peace. May He bring healing in the face of hard news. May He give deep, abiding joy that makes no sense to the world. May he provide comfort and care as He wraps you in His arms. Use these words to bring hope and healing, and to remind your friends and family that cancer cannot touch your soul – for it has victory through Christ Jesus.
25 heartfelt affirmations and words of encouragement for your suffering friend:
- Nothing I can say will make this better but I’m here for you always.
- I am so sorry you are going through this.
- I am praying for you every morning when I get up.
- I would like to bring your family a meal this week. Would that be okay?
- You are so brave and so strong.
- What is one specific way I can be praying for you?
- I’m sending positive thoughts your way today.
- I’d love to watch your kiddos for a night if you’d like to get some extra rest.
- I am so proud to call you my friend.
- I love you.
- I don’t know what these next few months will be like for you, but I’ll always be here for you.
- I’d love to take you out somewhere and talk about whatever you’d like! When can I come by?
- Is there a certain website or book I can read to learn more about what you’re going through?
- Can I hug you?
- God will NEVER leave you!
- You are my hero.
- You’re a warrior, and warriors don’t quit!
- Cancer is just one chapter in your life, not the whole story.
- It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.
- You’re stronger than you know, braver than you think, more loved than you can imagine.
- Your illness does not define you.
- The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.
- I wish I could take all of this pain and sorrow from you, but for now I will offer my hand to hold and my shoulder to lean upon.
- Cancer may have started the fight, but you are going to finish it!
- God loves you, and so do I!
Quotes to Inspire Cancer Patients:
- “Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”– Billy Graham
- “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom
- “It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” – Billy Graham
- “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa
- “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” – Elisabeth Elliot
- Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. That cross and resurrection at the core of the Gospel is the only hope for humanity. Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom on how to get that Gospel in, even in the toughest situations of life. – Ravi Zacharias
- Only when our greatest love is God, a love that we cannot lose even in death, can we face all things with peace. Grief was not to be eliminated but seasoned and buoyed up with love and hope.” – John Piper
- “What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” – Rick Warren
- “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” – G. K. Chesterton
Inspiring Scripture for Cancer Patients:
- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
- “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
- Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” – Psalm 107:19-21
- LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. – Psalm 30:2
- Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5
- Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” – Psalm 103:2-4
- He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
- ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
- “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
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This article is part of our Words of Encouragement series. It is our prayer that these words will bring you blessings while you use the affirmations, quotes, and Bible verses to inspire others to life their life fully alive!
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