Words for cancer patients

Things to say to someone with cancer

When a friend or loved one receives a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to be there and show you care. But finding the right words can be hard.
What can you say that won’t scare or upset your friend or loved one? What can you say that will give them the hope and strength they need to confront cancer?
We recently asked the cancer patients, survivors and caregivers in our Facebook community to share the best things to say to someone with cancer.
Here’s what they recommend.

What to Say to a Cancer Patient

  • “We’ll get through this together. You’re not facing cancer alone.”
  • “I am praying for you.”
  • “Go to MD Anderson. Here’s the number: 1-877-632-6789.”
  • “I am here for you.” Then follow through and really be there.
  • Don’t ask what you can do to help or say, “Let me know if you need anything.” Many people will never ask for help even though they need it. Instead, jump in and do whatever you can to make things easier for your friend or loved one. Deliver meals. Go to appointments. Listen. Hold hands. Offer to watch the kids or walk the dog.
  • Choose positive, hopeful words, but don’t give people false hope or talk about other people’s cancer outcomes. Remember, each person is different, and hearing other people’s stories may scare your friend or loved one.
  • Just say something. Many people ignore cancer patients and caregivers when they’re diagnosed because they don’t know what to say. But that only makes them feel worse. Sometimes “hello” or “I love you” is enough.
  • “You are strong. You can do this.”
  • “This sucks. I love you. I’m going to .”
  • “Never, never, never give up.”
  • Just listen. Your friend or loved one has a lot to think about, and one of the best gifts you can give is to be a sounding board.
  • Don’t focus on your own worries and sadness about your friend or loved one’s diagnosis. The patient or caregiver shouldn’t feel like he or she has to take care of you. Instead, offer strength, humor and practical help.
  • “Where do we start? We’re in this together.”
  • Accept that sometimes words fail us. Often, the best thing is to offer hugs, show up and say, “I love you.”

What’s the most helpful thing to say to someone newly diagnosed with cancer? Share your thoughts in our Facebook community.

Encouraging Words For Cancer Patients: What To Say

If there is one thing every cancer survivor has in common, it is that, at some point during our journeys, someone—although with good intention—has said the absolute wrong thing to us. This has been a very heated topic among my friends on social media the last few days. And while coming up with a list of things to not say to us was easy, the onus is on us, as survivors, to teach our loved ones the proper encouraging words for cancer patients.

Ask us if there is anything you can do. Maybe it’s listening to our fears, driving us to the pharmacy, or even making a phone call on our behalf. For me, it was easier to ask for the big things, like a ride to surgery, then to ask someone to remind me every day to take my new medication until it became a habit.

Sympathize as best you can. Don’t empathize. As cancer patients, we don’t compare our cases to other cancer patients. So please don’t compare your aches and pains to our surgeries, chemotherapy treatments and radiation treatments. Listen to us; reflect what we’re saying. A simple, “I cannot even imagine how painful and scary that must be” will go a lot further than saying you understand because you get migraines or have a chronic illness. I don’t know how painful Lauren’s surgery was, and I don’t know how sick chemotherapy made Ann. But I do know I can hold their hands and listen to their stories.

Ask what we need. Tell us you support us. Encourage us. Let us cry. Make us laugh. Make plans with us for when treatment is done, so we have something to look forward to. It is better to hold our hands in silence when you are at a loss for words than to speak without thinking.

Appearance is a very sensitive issue. Don’t lie to us and say we look good when we know the opposite is true. At the same time, don’t tell us how tired we look—because we are infinitely more tired than we let on. The best way to handle this topic is to wait until we bring it up, be honest in your response, and suggest a way to improve it. If our shoulders are slumped and we’re complaining of physical pain, then suggest (or even better, treat us) to a massage. If we are unhappy with the way our faces look, book a makeover appointment. Go to the gym with us to help us restore our bodies.

It is a tricky situation. But in the end, the most encouraging words for cancer patients that can be spoken are, “I’m here for you.”

What to Write in a Card for Someone with Cancer

When we get news that someone we care about has been diagnosed with cancer, or that their cancer has returned, or spread to other parts of the body, it can be devastating. We want to help them, show them that we care about them, and that we love them. But how to do that in a card? What can we write in a card for someone with cancer that will help them with their struggle?

It’s a complicated question that changes depending on our relationship with them, as well as the stage they’re in. There are a few things to consider when you want to write to someone who has cancer, so along with examples of messages you can write in your cards, we’ll also consider this from different points of view depending on where your loved one is in terms of their cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, Remission, End of Life.

Diagnosis/The News

In order to help people who have just been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to think about the whole process that they’ll be going through. You want to be careful not to overstate or overpromise things you can’t control, because that can come across as inauthentic. With that in mind, it’s often a good idea to keep your message general.

So when they first get the news they have been diagnosed with cancer, let them know you’re there for them. This is a life-altering and shocking event. Knowing they have friends and support can mean everything to them.

Here are some examples of what to write in card if someone you care about has just been diagnosed with cancer:

  • I’m here for you.
  • I’m thinking of you.
  • You’re on my mind and in my heart.
  • Don’t hesitate to call on me.
  • I want to help.
  • You are not alone.
  • I’m here with you every step of the way.
  • You can call on me anytime, for anything.
  • You are still the same amazing person you’ve always been.

Treatment

As they’re going through treatment, reminding them that you’re part of their support system is also very helpful. Comment on their strength; remind them of a time in their life when they showed great courage; tell them why you admire them and how they’ve overcome other challenges. Find ways to inspire them; to help them see the bigger picture as they go through the everyday/every-moment struggle that is treatment. Each step along the way can feel like a big one, so it’s nice to know they have a helping hand.

Here are some examples of what to write in a card if someone is going through cancer treatment:

  • Every day you are getting closer.
  • Your strength inspires me.
  • I’m rooting for you.
  • So proud of you.
  • You are a light to others.
  • You are a rock star.
  • You are my hero.
  • I know you are stronger than anything.
  • This diagnosis does not know what it’s up against.

Remission

Remission can come in different shapes and sizes. For some it’s, “Yes, we’ve beaten this!” If that’s the case, here are some messages you can write:

  • Greatest news ever.
  • So happy for you and your family.
  • I’m crying, I’m so happy.
  • You worked so hard. And I am so happy.
  • My favorite day ever.
  • You will inspire so many.
  • Cancer is no match for you.
  • You are more amazing than ever.

For others, being in remission can be more along the lines of “We think we’ve beaten this,” so we have to be a little more careful with our statements. For example:

  • You’ve worked so hard for this moment.
  • Take a deep breath and enjoy this moment.
  • I’m so happy for you.
  • You are an inspiration.
  • Nothing compares to you.
  • You continually amaze and inspire me.

And for some people, being in remission can be more along the “this is temporary” lines. Be aware of the circumstances and address them accordingly. At this point, keeping things in the now is important because you can’t know what’s truly going to happen in the future. Here are messages you can write:

  • Today is a good day.
  • Here you are now: so strong, so amazing, so beautiful.
  • Now (Today) is the day I’ve been praying for.
  • I’m so glad for you. For today. For this amazing news.
  • Your news just made my day!
  • Your strength brought you here.

End of Life

This is the most difficult time, but your words can still have a positive and uplifting impact. It’s important to keep things feeling in the now: be cheerful and bring sunshine to their day. Remember they can be very tired so less might be more. In some small personal way let them know you are thinking of them — mention the weather, something that reminded you of them, or something about the family, etc. Consider messages like these:

  • I was just thinking of you and how much you like (…)
  • Everyone is thinking of you.
  • We are so proud of you.
  • I saw the sun today and it made me think of how you light up a room.
  • I saw the most beautiful flower today and it reminded me of you.
  • Your beautiful smile always brings so much joy.
  • You are one of my favorite people.
  • Just wanted to write and say “hi,” and that I’m thinking about you and how much I admire you.

These messages are never easy to write. But they will make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling with cancer. Taking your time to let someone know you are thinking about them, that you care about them, and that you want the best for them is always worth it and always meaningful.

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Greg Vovos has been writing at AG for ten years. In 2014 he lost his mother to acute myeloid leukemia. He was grateful for all the wishes he received when she passed and knows his mother appreciated every kind word she received during her illness.

20 Inspirational Cancer Quotes for Survivors, Fighters & Caregivers

When you’re dealing with cancer, a daily dose of inspiration may make a big difference in your outlook on life. Share these inspiring words with a fighter in your life to lift them higher during their cancer journey.
Keeping a positive outlook is proven to help with stress management, but when someone says to “think positive” or “be optimistic” during a time such as cancer, it can be much easier said than done. We know that cancer isn’t all rainbow and butterflies and once you enter a dark mindset, it can be hard to get out of it. But most of us have that one message of hope and inspiration that somehow manages to help bring some perspective and optimism to a situation.
So with the help of our community, we compiled 20 of those messages. If you need some motivation or you know someone who does, please share these words of inspiration with a loved one.
1. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.

One of our favorite cancer quotes from the beloved Stuart Scott. Live your life by your own terms, not cancer’s.
2. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.

It can be easy to get caught up in how far you have to go. Don’t forget to look back, and recognize how far you have come. Every day brings you one step closer.
3.You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.

Don’t let cancer cause you to sell yourself short or forget your worth.
4. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.

Keep searching for what you’re looking for. You will find it.
5.Your life is your story. Write well. Edit Often.

You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control the way that you handle it. What do you want your story to say?
6.Be thankful for this day.

You are here, breathing and living life. Even if it’s not the life you want or hoped for, it’s life. There’s always something to be thankful for.
7.Small steps every day.

Every small step counts. You might not reach your goal today but that is okay.
8. Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

Everyone has scars – whether you can see them or not. Wear yours with pride.
9. When it rains, look for rainbows When it’s dark, look for stars.
It may be hard to find your silver lining during a cancer diagnosis, but its’ there. If you look for it, you will find it.
10. Optimism: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster; it’s more like a cha-cha.
You may not be where you want to be right now, but you’re just doing the dance that is called life..
11. Never give up. Never give in.
Never, ever, ever give up.
12. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
If you loved your life before cancer, do not be afraid of life after cancer. You will find beauty again.
13. Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
There is no time for negative energy during cancer .You need to be around people who inspire, challenge and make you better.
14. Good thoughts only.
The bad thoughts will try and sneak in, but don’t let them. Focus only on the good thoughts.
15. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.
Don’t waste time worrying about the things that you cannot control; such as the past. Keep moving forward.
16. I can and I will.
There’s no other option. Tell yourself this affirmation every day – through treatments, doctors visits, and whatever else comes your way.
17.I had cancer, cancer never had me.
You are not defined by what you are going through. Cancer will never have you. You are much more than your disease.
18. Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
Cancer is NOT a death sentence. It’s just one word in your sentence; one part of your life.
19. Broken crayons still color.
Nobody’s perfect. If you feel broken, don’t let that determine your worth. You can still do so much.
20. It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.
Try and find some beauty in your situation. You won’t be the person you were before cancer, but that does not have to be a bad thing.
What else do you want to add to this list? Share your favorite quote in the comments below.

The news of cancer diagnosis is quite horrific and people mostly find it depressing. They go through an emotional turmoil inside their head and often find them isolated from others. In this article, we have compiled a list of 100+ inspirational cancer quotes which might help you to stay positive through your journey and gain a different perspective on life. We have also given a download link at the end of this post with which you can easily save these motivational cancer quotes in your device.

105 Inspirational cancer quotes to stay positive

1. “Do not make permanent decisions based off of temporary feelings.” – Brandi Benson

2. “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” -HUNTER S. THOMPSON

3. “Faith doesn’t always mean that God changes your situation, sometimes it means he changes you.” – Steven Furtick

4. “See it, believe it, Be It!” – Marie

5. “You can achieve anything you set your mind to.” – Jimmy (brain cancer survivor).

6. For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan by Nora Mcmahon (ovarian cancer survivor).

7. “Always believe!!!” – Kay (leukemia survivor)

8. All we’ve got is hope, and we hang on to that every single day.” – Caleb scott (brain cancer survivor)

9. “One minute at a time! Some days are too much to handle so break it down. Deal with the moment in front of you and worry about the next when you get there.” – Corie mogenis (thyroid cancer survivor)

10. “Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life, not the whole story” – Joe Wasser by Jennifer (thyroid cancer patient)

11. Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”. – Emma rose wiggins (Thyroid cancer survivor)

12. “This too shall pass” – Lana Bauwens (Colon cancer survivor)

13. “I am not thankful for cancer but I am thankful for what cancer has taught me.” – Brett conley (leukemia survivor)

14. “Don’t worry about tomorrow as it only ruins today.” Cara (cervical cancer fighter)

15. “Love yourself, you are your longest commitment.” – Mia Sophia (lymphoma survivor)

16. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The journey you are on is purposeful; easy or difficult. It’s a journey created for you by god so don’t fight it, simply trust in his will” -Natalie wilson (Breast Cancer Survivor)

17. “Family support is the biggest love on earth.” – Anton (Brain cancer patient)

18. “There will come a time in life when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Bishop (thyroid cancer survivor)

19. Die with memories, not dreams” – Rob Guarino (nasal sinus carcinoma survivor)

20. You are not your scars.” – Malisa morris (breast cancer survivor)

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21. “Give your morning to god and he will give you the day.” – Carmel Murphy by Cindy minter (Breast cancer survivor)e

22. “Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it” – C. Assad by Rach Dimare (breast cancer survivor)

23. “Always be inspired on every trial you face for these are stepping stones for a higher purpose” – Juano Ocampo (brain cancer patient).

24. “Breathe. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life” -Johnny Depp by Jailyne (lymphoma survivor)

25. Dance, dance for today and dance for tomorrow.” – Valory newton (osteosarcoma survivor)

26. “Be your own healthcare advocate. You owe it to yourself and the people that love you.” Dawnia – kidney cancer survivor

27. “Fght for your life because you’re better than cancer.” by Jourdan – thyroid cancer survivor

28. “The devil whispered in my ear, “you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” today I whispered in the devil’s ear, “I am the storm.”” by Sophie wardle – brain cancer fighter

29. “You are not in charge of the life you are given, but you are in charge of how you choose to live it.” by Crystal Bierbaum – Thyroid cancer fighter

30. “Believe in miracles” by Siobhan moxhay (Myeloma patient).

31. “Surviving cancer is not the end of a gruesome story, it’s the beginning of a beautiful one.” by Casey- thyroid cancer patient

32. “We can’t direct the wind, but we can direct the sails.” by Assia (Leukemia patient)

33. “Rejoice rebuild the storm has passed” by Ammy – brain cancer patient

34. “Live like there is no tomorrow” by Jen – thyroid cancer patient

35. ” Life’s challenges can make us bitter or better. Choose to learn and grow, not to be a victim of circumstances.” by Amy – lung cancer patient.

36. “You can’t control some of the things that happen in your life, but you can control the way you look at them.” by Lina Miranda – stomach cancer survivor

37. “It comes down to a simple choice really: get busy living, or get busy dying.” – from The Shawshank Redemption by Laurie – tongue cancer survivor

38. “Speak up or forever hold no peace.” by Courtenea Brown – leukemia survivor

39. “No pain we endure, no trial we experience is ever wasted” – Orsion f. Whitney by Megan – dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans survivor

40. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt by Meredith Winn – bone cancer survivor

41. Emotions are dangerous, they can cloud and distort your vision as well as the people around you, take a second and think it through yourself.” – Destiny Carson (thyroid cancer survivor)

42. “Cancer doesn’t define who you are, you do it, so keep going.” by Marla – thyroid cancer survivor

43. “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut by Heather – Bladder Cancer Survivor

44. Never give up. Keep fighting. No excuses. Be the best you.” by Jenn roder – Thyroid cancer survivor

45. “You sometimes have to look back, to see how far your journey has taken you”
Kandice Welch – Thyroid cancer survivor

46. “I had cancer but cancer never had me.” by Julia spurge salerno – Ewing’s Sarcoma survivor

47. Fight until you have no more fight to give and then fight some more.”
Gemma – Kidney cancer survivor

48. “Life is a very precious gift. And unfortunately, you don’t truly realize it until you are fighting to stay alive.” by Tiffani – Acute promyelocytic leukemia survivor

49. “Cancer is only a chapter in my life, not my whole story.” Leanne – chronic myeloid leukemia survivor

50. “Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe..” Lisa Ward – hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

51. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” By Olivia pexman – acute myeloid leukemia survivor

52. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
Nicole body – Sarcoma survivor

53. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of god in Christ Jesus our lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
Marissa Henley (Angiosarcoma survivor)

54. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all you need to do right now” – said by my radiologist the day I was diagnosed. by Jen – breast cancer survivor

55. “Life is much better when you choose happy. Despite your uncontrollable circumstances you have the choice to choose happy and to choose life.” by Lakeia Clark

56. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do.” By Emma (Breast cancer survivor)

57. “When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it!” – Steve Mcqueen by Merak – GIST survivor

58. “Some people are fit and healthy, they may live for a short time or a long time. I had cancer, I might live for a short time or a long time. So, the message is just live!”
– Julie Randall (Melanoma survivor)

59. “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”
Laura – Melanoma survivor

60. “I love saying ‘fear is just a thought. Thoughts can be changed.’”
Josh perry – Brain tumor survivor

61. “You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience” by Jaime hall – Oligodendroglioma survivor

62. “Be brave, be bold and thrive in the life you have. You never know when it’s going to change.” by Benjamin Prewitt – Oropharyngeal cancer survivor

63. “You have to be “courageous through cancer”” by Via – leukemia survivor

64. “You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” – Max Ehrmann by Catalina Ritzinger – multiple cancer survivor

65. “No one fights alone’, ‘let’s do this!’, and ‘I wish cancer would get cancer and die’”
Cedrik – Mulitple Myeloma survivor

66. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” By Hannah – thyroid cancer survivor

67. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Sarah – Thyroid cancer survivor

68. “Darkness exists so that stars can shine.” by Gemma – Thyroid cancer survivor

69. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” by Brenda – breast cancer survivor

70. The first step to happiness is accepting who you are and where you are- the rest will follow after that” by Daynah (Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor)

71. She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breath taking mosaic of the battles she’s won.” by Nicole Munoz – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor

72. “Life is too short not to live it to its fullest.” By Becky – Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

73. “Keep going don’t stop! Kgds!” by Barbara – Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

74. “You were assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”
Shanee wilson – lymphoma survivor

75 . “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength – I saw this once on Instagram from another cancer patient, you must use what life throws at you to become the best person you can.”
Bronte – Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma survivor

76. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” by David Cruz – lymphoma survivor

77. “Life is not about how you die but how you live.” I have it tattooed on my back
Sarah – Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor

78. “Carpe scrotiem! Don’t be afraid to check yourself and talk about your ‘boys’ with your boys!”
Justin – testicular cancer survivor

79. “Stay persistent.” Cam – cervical cancer survivor

80. “Spare no day, no minute, no second. Time isn’t promised, but it is permitted.
By Jamilah lawry- cervical cancer survivor

81. “Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.” By Crystal – Cervical cancer survivor

82. “Everyone has a story. Cancer tried to end my life story. I decided to write another chapter.” John – colon cancer survivor

83. “You can fight this, there’s no other option!” By Julie – colon cancer survivor

84. “Live, love, laugh and repeat because life is fragile! Celebrate every win and create your own happiness!!” By Kimberly coleman – Stage 2 rectal cancer

85. “I may have cancer, but cancer will never have me!” By Kere – breast cancer survivor

86. “The Human Spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott

87. I am going to beat this cancer or die trying.

88. “It takes balls to survive testicular cancer.”

89. “Cancer is awful. It took 10 years until I didn’t think about it every day. Nobody should go through this. Nobody.” – Hans Rosling

90. “I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win” – Arlen Specter

91. “When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too.” – Terri Clark

92. “Above all, cancer is a spiritual practice that teaches me about faith and resilience.” ~ Kris Carr

93. “Once cancer happens it changes the way you live for the rest of your life.” – Hayley Mills

94. Cancer has shown me what family is. It showed me a love that I never knew really existed.” – Michael Douglas

95. “I’m in good shape. My cancer means I have lost a lot of organs and I’m a lot lighter. I have devoted myself to yoga and I’m doing handstands.” – Eve Ensler

96. “Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.”

97. “Cancer opens many doors. One of the most important is your heart.” – Greg Anderson

98. “Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz

99. “The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years.” – Edward J. Stieglitz

100. “You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.” – David H. Koch

101. “My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.” – Olivia Newton John

102. “Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer.” – Clint Eastwood

103. “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.”
Lance Armstrong

104. “More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer.” – Sheryl Crow

105. “Nah. I’m a tough cookie. Except for the cancer, I’m fine.” – Lisa Scottoline

We hope you enjoyed these motivational and inspirational cancer quotes. If you want to share your quote with our community and blog readers, then do share them in the comments section and we will add your quote to this top list of best cancer quotes.

Also, feel free to share them on your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles to spread positivity and motivate others in their cancer journey. Stay blessed and keep smiling.

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Best of Cancerwise 2017: 11 inspiring quotes from our patients and caregivers

Many cancer patients have mantras — or inspiring sayings — that they do their best to live by. Some are reminders that good things can come even out of bad situations, while others provide hope and encouragement when the going gets tough.

Here are some of the most inspiring mantras our patients and their caregivers have shared with us on our Cancerwise blog over the past year. We hope at least one of them will speak to you, too.

“Cancer doesn’t have to define you.”
— Nelda Blair, anal cancer survivor

“Every day is a chance to create a memory and to love a little more.”
— Jessi Hooks, melanoma survivor

“Don’t give up. Every day is worth it.”
— Hashmat Effendi, breast cancer survivor

“Difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.”
— Kia Wynn, oral cancer survivor

“There’s always hope beyond what you see.”
— Cora Connor, kidney cancer caregiver

“It’s possible not just to survive, but to thrive and to live a healthy, wonderful life again.”
— Erika Evans, leukemia survivor

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”
— Leslie Medley-Russell, ovarian cancer survivor

“Cancer is like a teeter-totter. Sometimes you gotta go down to go back up.”
— John Kennedy, colon cancer survivor

“Being positive is the best medicine you can take.”
— Maggie Howard, sarcoma survivor

“Enjoy every day without worrying about the next.”
— Diego Zamora, pancreatic cancer survivor

“Don’t pass up the cherry pie.”
— Eddie Yarmer, myelofibrosis survivor

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