These are some quotes that I’ve collected that relate to the breast cancer journey (I plan on adding additional ones from time to time in the comments section for this thread).
“Being diagnosed of cancer comes with a lot of uncertainties. It comes with a baggage that is bound to test your very character. Cancer is not the end of your life; it actually marks a new beginning. You should not let this disease rule over your life. It has to be fought, not feared. It can be handled and it can be battled with. Many people have done it, many people have survived it, and so can you…you are not alone in this fight.”
Pink Responsibility: We are aware. We need a cure.
“I will live a hope-filled life every day. I will handle my problems as opportunities in a different, more effective manner, based on the power of advanced mathematics; “You + God = Enough”
…even MORE than enough…
“I hate the term ‘cancer victim’. It somehow implies cancer is the victor. It wins; we lose… While we can do little to choose whether we get cancer, we can do a lot to choose whether we are it’s victims. I don’t just mean whether we live or die. I mean how cancer affects us in the deepest parts of who we are. I believe cancer cannot conquer our spirit unless we choose to become victims .”
From the excellent book, “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib
“They told me I had Stage 4 breast cancer.
They told me there was little hope.
They clearly don’t know me.”
–Bridget Spense (who is still fighting 7 years later)
–From Oct 2012 Prevention Magazine
“Don’t tell God how big your cancer is instead tell your cancer how big your God is”
“Impossible is a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is an opinion, not a fact. Impossible isn’t a declaration, it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
—David Beckham in Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips
War Strategies That Can Apply to Fighting Cancer
1. “Wars are fought strategically. one battle at a time.
2 . Wars are fought on more than one front.
3. We must expect setbacks and defeats along the way.
4. When we lose a battle, we must get back on track immediately, so we don’t lose the war.
5. We will not win if we refuse to fight.”
“If you can’t fly, then run.
If you can’t run, then walk.
If you can’t walk, then crawl.
But no matter what, just keep moving forward.”
“Believe That Life Is Worth Living, And Your Belief Will Help Create The Fact” By William James
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.”
– Eric Bentley
“When a thought of anxiety comes knocking on the door of your mind you must refuse it entrance. If you invite it in, it will have dinner with you, and if it has dinner with you it will quickly move in and want to spend the night.”
“My Cancer Journey Has Never Defined Who I am, It’s Just Another Chapter in My Story.”
“Live every day like its your last . . . one day you’ll be right.”
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
“Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee
“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.”
“Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.” Martha Weinman Lear quotes
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand”
“I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ” Nelson Mandela
HOPE is the thing
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune
Without the words,
And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickenson ~
“A hero does not have to win. A hero does not have to be larger than life. A hero can be an ordinary person who overcomes extraordinary events with dignity and grace.”
IF PEACE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, ASK YOURSELF,
WHAT STRUGGLE CAN I LET GO OF TODAY?
WE ARE NOT AT OUR BEST WHEN WE ARE PERCHED AT THE SUMMIT;
WE ARE AT OUR BEST CLIMBING – EVEN WHEN THE WAY IS STEEP.
Sometimes we stare so long at our balloon in the sky we forget our ice cream is melting on our plate.
Enjoy your ice cream……………….
Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.
THE BRAVEST ARE SURELY THOSE WHO HAVE THE CLEAREST VISION OF WHAT IS BEFORE THEM, GLORY AND DANGER ALIKE, AND YET, NOT WITHSTANDING, GO OUT TO MEET IT” Thucydides
You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
C. S. Lewis
“I Cry But I Do Not Get Depressed” By S. Sambandam
THE LONGER WE DWELL ON OUR MISFORTUNES, THE GREATER IS THEIR POWER TO HARM US.
” There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
I have learned from experience that
the greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
“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
SET BACKS ARE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES TO REVIEW THE LESSON.
I WILL NOT BE ASHAMED OF MY SCARS. MY SCARS ARE THE BRUSH STROKES IN THE MASTERPIECE THAT IS MY LIFE.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
“THE ONLY REAL VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY CONSISTS NOT IN SEEKING NEW LANDSCAPES BUT IN HAVING NEW EYES.” Marcel Proust
Roger Bannister Broke The Four-minute Mile Record
On May 6, 1954. It Had Been Deemed An Impossible Feat.
The Record Was Broken Again On June 21, 1954 And Upon Knowing That It Was No Longer Impossible, 3 Years Later, 16 Other Runners Also Cracked The Four-
YES IS A WORLD& IN THIS WORLD OFYES LIVE
“Beware what you read in medical books, you might die of a misprint…”
“Cancer Is So Limited, It Cannot Corrode Faith, It Cannot Shatter Hope, It Cannot Kill Friendships, It Cannot Cripple Love, It Cannot Destroy Peace, It Cannot Silence Courage, It Cannot Suppress Memories, It Cannot Conquer The Spirit” By Unknown Author
“When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, FAITH is knowing that one of two things shall happen:
Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or You will be taught how to fly”
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ” ~Christopher Reeve
Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin
Here’s a thought from Andi’s sig line that I like and have quoted as a part of my running-list arsenal of “Cancer Fightin’ Words” in my blog http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/688
“EVERY DAY I BEAT MY PREVIOUS RECORD FOR # OF CONSECUTIVE DAYS I’VE STAYED ALIVE..”
Nothing is a mistake. Well the docs’ prognoses were — ill-informed. I chose to survive, despite the dismal stats.
To dance with predetermination. To alter my outcome.
And you can quote me on this… –Andi
“You can choose to lift up your eyes to the heavens, pour out your tears, grief and anger and say “God, I have no clue what this is all about or where it is leading, but I resolve to trust You and praise You with all of my heart, unconditionally. (David Jerimiah)
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation-some fact of my life unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”
“Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the circumstances and health of His children in order to accomplish them.”
“Don’t look back. You’re not going that way”
“Sometimes on the Rock I tremble
Weak of heart and faint of knee,
But the Steadfast Rock of Ages
Never trembles under me.”
“My response is my responsibility”.
“…It’s like a universal phrase covering a multitude of situations
and relationships, don’t you agree? I see it easily be applied to traffic and road-rage. I see it fitting parent/child interactions. I see it applying to rude people’s comments in grocery stores, being cut off in line….
Lately, I find myself thinking of it when I am faced with a defiant
child’s attitude. I think of it when I have been up all night and do
not “feel” like being a gracious wife or mother, do not feel like
cooking a warm breakfast. I think of it when I come home to a messy house and I’m tired and I just want to go to bed. I think of it in respect to family situations. It doesn’t matter if I have asked one of the kids to be quiet twelve times when their younger siblings are napping… It doesn’t matter if I feel loaded with housework and childcare and my spouse is chilling
on the couch…. Whatever the situation, my response is my
By Charles Swindoll
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of
attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past, than
education, than money, than circumstances, than
failures, than successes, than what other people think
or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a
company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is
we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we
will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past… we cannot change the fact that people will act
in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is
10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And
so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Photo taken at a Relay For Life event by a friend of mine.
“Breast cancer is a CALL TO ACTION. Once a woman learns she has cancer, she needs to assemble a team to help her forage her way through the journey ahead. It can help to think of this as an expedition that requires a team of experts and a team of travel companions.”–By Sally Knox M.D. in “The Breast Cancer Care” BookEvery pilot needs a co-pilot and let me tell you, it is awful nice to have someone sitting there beside you, especially when you hit some bumpy air. Eric Wald“Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. Wherever there’s a heart big with sorrow. Or a lip quivering with agony. Or a deep groan of sadness, the heart of God is open.” Charles Spurgeon
“Pink ribbon culture has been successful in convincing the public to “celebrate breast cancer awareness” to such a degree that the celebration has taken on a life of its own. A person can shop for the cure, laugh for the cure, drink pinktinis for the cure, listen to music for the cure, test-drive a BMW for the cure, watch a porn site for the cure. While all of these activities may leave consumers feeling as though they’ve done something meaningful, such campaigns lack transparency and consumers are usually giving only pennies on the dollar to breast cancer initiatives and in some unscrupulous cases, none at all. Conversely, there are those that feel “any money is good money” and are indifferent to money being donated by companies that may have dubious ties to breast cancer risk factors or that exploit women and sexualize a serious disease.” —– Gayle Sulik
“Cancer has a nasty habit of taking things away from people–things like hair and strength and jobs and time. Sometimes it takes them away for a short time and sometimes it takes them away permanently. Cancer may have already taken something from you. But this is not a story about what cancer takes. It’s aboout what it can give back….” — Lynn Eib in “When God and Cancer Meet: True Stories of Hope and Healing” I love this author. Her books have been a tremendous blessing to me this year. The only one I haven’t read yet is “50 Days of Hope” which I’m asking my husband for for Christmas. If you are interested in reading her books, here is a good resource for new and used books that are available (hit the compare price button):
“Progress has been slow and public perception skewed, the National
Breast Cancer Coalition said in its annual report on the disease this
fall. “Given the attention and resources directed to breast cancer,
the public understandably believes that we have made significant
progress,” the report said. But “we know little about how to prevent
breast cancer or how to prevent deaths from the disease.”
“We get sidetracked by efforts to focus on getting every woman a mammogram.”
“…And “cancer as gift?” We won’t go there. If cancer’s a gift my
friend Katie Ford Hall said, “then I’m demanding a refund.” Stop by
customer service, thank you very much.
“Acceptance is the middle ground. Acceptance is pragmatic and
realistic, it means that cancer (or any threatening illness) is
something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.
Acceptance, though stark, frees you. It empowers you to take positive
steps to address your diagnosis, from seeking a second opinion, to
making lifestyle changes after treatment. It means that you live with
the knowledge cancer could return without living in fear of that
happening. Sometimes I tell friends, as if to remind them, “you don’t
have cancer today.” Acceptance helps keep our feet on the ground.
“Accepting cancer in your life doesn’t equate to being at peace with
it; and it doesn’t mean that grief is bypassed since few things in
life, other than a ruler, are linear. You can accept your diagnosis
and be actively mourning the loss of safety and certainly your family
is experiencing. Lost time hurts. Acceptance demands that we look at
the problem, rather than away. At it’s simplest it is life on life’s
That’s where I am right now: life on life’s terms.”
—Direct quote by Jodi http://womenwcancer.blogspot.com/201….html?spref=fb
“The calendar comes back to it each year. The day she found out about her breast cancer.”
(For me that date is Dec 30, 2010)