Collection of Cancer Quotes

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).

–Paula

“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.”

—Unknown author

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”
–Zig Ziglar
…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.”
——Carole Lewis

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.”

—Unknown Author

“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.”
(Unknown)

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”

Woodrow Wilson

“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

with feathers,

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?

Robert Holden

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.
–Benjamin Franklin

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.
Voltaire

” 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.”
Harry Crews

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
William James

I have learned from experience that
the greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

“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-
Minute Mile.

 

YES IS A WORLD& IN THIS WORLD OFYES LIVE
ee cummings


“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..”
–Andi

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
responsibility….”

http://www.cultivatinghome.com/2009/…nsibility.html

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Attitude
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
http://pinkribbonblues.org/2012/10/w…comment-146335
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“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):

http://www.allbookstores.com/search?…o.x=10&Go.y=12

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“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.”
–NBCC

http://www.thedailybeast.com/article…st-cancer.html

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“…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
terms.

That’s where I am right now: life on life’s terms.”

—Direct quote by Jodi http://womenwcancer.blogspot.com/201….html?spref=fb
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The calendar comes back to it each year. The day she found out about her breast cancer.
–Sulick

(For me that date is Dec 30, 2010)

 

8 thoughts on “Collection of Cancer Quotes

  1. “I have lived, laughed, loved and lost.
    I have cried, mourned and grieved,
    hoped, prayed, and healed.
    I have found strength and true beauty.
    I am a survivor.” (Unknown)

    “Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.”
    – Jim Beaver, Life’s That Way: A Memoir

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  2. Good Quotes. What is going on with you? Have you had a recurrence? I pray not. Hope this finds you well. Lovingly in Christ Jesus. God Bless.Kathy

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  3. Hi Kathy!

    I’m doing terrific as far as I know. How about you? I hope you are happy and well. If ever I hear there is a reoccurence which I hope to be cancer-free from now on–I’ll come right out and say so. Good thing we’re in God’s Hands, huh?! 🙂

    Praying right now for you and your dear family,

    Paula

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  4. “I have lived, laughed, loved and lost.
    I have cried, mourned and grieved,
    hoped, prayed, and healed.
    I have found strength and true beauty.
    I am a survivor.” (Unknown)

    Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: “You must remember this: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”

    “When you have my illness, thoughts cross your mind like shadows: “Is this my last Thanksgiving?” You have to push those thoughts away because they will crowd out the reason for the day. It doesn’t matter if I am here next year, all that matters is that I am here now.”
    –CoolBreeze Ann, Thanksgiving 2012

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  5. “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
    —Elizabeth Edwards

    Candlegranny’s sig line:

    “Don’t spend your time worrying about when or how you are going to die, spend your time figuring out how you are going to live today”. ~Elizabeth Edwards.

    Pamelamary:

    “I heard elsewhere…. “Yes, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, but at least I wouldn’t be dragged behind it for 5 years.”

    PinkGirl:
    There are people who go through treatment and then never recur. So I guess they are cured. Problem is, right now, no one knows who will recur and who won’t. ”

    Penny said:
    “True for war and stage 4 cancer – “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.” – General George S. Patton

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  6. “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
    —Elizabeth Edwards

    Candlegranny’s sig line:

    “Don’t spend your time worrying about when or how you are going to die, spend your time figuring out how you are going to live today”. ~Elizabeth Edwards.

    Pamelamary:

    “I heard elsewhere…. “Yes, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, but at least I wouldn’t be dragged behind it for 5 years.”

    PinkGirl:
    There are people who go through treatment and then never recur. So I guess they are cured. Problem is, right now, no one knows who will recur and who won’t. ”

    “A Friend Is Like A Good Bra…
    Hard to Find
    Supportive
    Comfortable
    Always Lifts You Up
    Never Lets You Down or Leaves You Hanging
    And Is Always Close To Your Heart”

    [IMG]http://api.ning.com/files/Xuh4rezxPopDBTpr7-*FBaxIENkvl3YNZZtYiwfzIm*cnDML3MP*2oqDeKilucUhWCLp YmjkJx3HnNAoTcPK3wcOvi8NtvQe/thisisnothowthestoryends.jpg?width=263[/IMG]

    Image: “At any given moment you have the power to say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end'”.

    2013… This is the year of Yes!

    “This is the year of yes, to look in the mirror and say, “Yes, He made you this way and it is very good! Yes, you can try! Yes, be creative! Yes, laugh and yes, give it a whirl, and yes, it’s really okay, don’t be afraid!”
    This is the year of yes, to kneel down and peer into eager faces and say, “Yes, you can, yes, that’s an ingenious idea, yes, make that, yes, yes, yes!”
    –Ann Voscamp

    Excerpt from “When you can’t figure out what the answer should be”:

    http://www.aholyexperience.com/2009/…t-what-answer/

    “Take heart: it is possible to keep working during your cancer fight.

    Take heart: it is possible to not work during your cancer fight.”

    –Kris Carr

    We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Author Unknown

    IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER – by Erma Bombeck
    (written after she found out she had cancer).

    I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

    I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

    I would have talked less and listened more.

    I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

    I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

    I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

    I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

    I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

    I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

    I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

    I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

    Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle..

    When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later… Now go get washed up for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s, more ‘I’m sorry’s.’

    But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it and never give it back. I’D STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!

    ——
    My personal addition to Erma’s list is this: Since being diagnosed with cancer, it’s been sinking in that I am not to linger in the “Coulda, woulda, shouldas” but rather recognize the big and little changes in my life/growth that I’d like to make, stop putting off things I want to do, then proactively and purposefully make these things happen.

    My girls had asked for years to see snow (we live in FL). What fun we had together finally making their dream come true with an adventure in beautiful New Hampshire this past winter! Highlights were being nestled in a charming cabin in the woods cooking dinner over a woodstove with friends, learning to ski upright without breaking my neck (funny how quickly kids get the hang of it unlike me: what a thrill when it “clicked” and I did it!)), making snow men, women, and angels, snow ball fights, the construction of an igloo fort, sledding, and playing in the stuff. I grew up in CT so had seen plenty of snow but it was something my daughters longed for, for years but we didn’t take the time to do it. Boy, that was fun to finally make that trip happen! The guys held down the fort at home (they don’t care about snow) and us girls sure did make some happy memories together. Same thing on camping: cancer woke me up to delay no longer and it was a blast. I like that “Just do it” Nike quote.
    Paula

    “We all have messes in our lives. Financial messes. Relationship
    messes. Health messes. Home messes. Business messes.

    Sometimes messes are small and just feel like a slight annoyance.
    Other times, they’re so huge they strip the hope right out of our
    lives. But here’s a thought to ponder right in the midst of your mess…

    Am I letting this mess define me or refine me?
    The answer to this question is crucial.

    If I am letting a mess define me, I will feel hopeless.
    If I am letting a mess refine me, I will be hopeful.”

    ~ Lysa TerKeurst

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  7. “People can walk around with their muscles and think they are strong or their hair and think they are beautiful….but when it comes down to it, for me it is the heart and the soul of the person that makes them strong, and courageous and gorgeous… The exterior of a person always fades away in the end, but what never fades away is the heart and soul of a person and the loving, giving nature that keeps on going.”
    –JeanJeanBean

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  8. Joy shared these quotes with me:

    “On particularly rough days when I am sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is a 100% and that’s pretty good.”

    “Hey, Beautiful One, You knew today would be a little tricky. Hang tight, Love. You are walking in the right direction. Just keep walking.” And her reminder, “The Lord will never leave or forsake you, Sweet Sweets”.
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    Here is a poem that was written by Nancy Emerson:

    Today
    Breathe deep
    Talk slow
    Walk soft
    Let go
    Give big
    Take less
    Don’t count
    Just guess
    Act fair
    Think long
    Laugh loud
    Hug strong
    Plan bold
    Dream far
    Feel loved
    You are.

    “In 1985 when Nancy Emerson was diagnosed with breast cancer, her doctor gave her a life expectancy of only two years. But that grim statistic did not take into account Nancy’s indominitable spirit. In fact, that year Nancy was just beginning a remarkable and inspiring journey across almost two decades and becoming an extraordinary spokesperson and champion, advocating for patient rights, lobbying to secure more funding for cancer research and treatment, and supporting and encouraging other cancer patients and their families.”

    I learned about Nancy when volunteering for a week with http://www.LittlePink.org (who provide free retreats for families battling breast cancer) and like the message of her poem. I’m no poet but her beautiful thoughts got me in the mood to write one of my own this morning:

    Her2 positive cancer can knock you down and keep on knocking you down and dragging you around to places you do not want to go. Get back up. be brave, and fight, fight, fight.

    Insurance companies can try patience and make things harder and more wearisome than they are already or have to be. Document and keep calling, calling, calling.

    Doctors can mess up or lack expertise or run out of options. Find another doctor as necessary and move on, move on, move on.

    Hurting people sometimes spew bitter, spiteful poison out of hurting hearts. It’s like acid and can eat the giver and receiver alive if one lets it. Forgive, forgive, forgive.

    Negativity is very toxic stuff. Be like a duck and let it roll off your back like water. Waddle on over and choose to swim in the lovely sunshine instead. Quack, quack, quack.
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    Here are some excerpts of a speech by Jim Valvano on March 4, 1993, http://www.jimmyv.org/about-us/remembering-jim/jimmy-v-espy-awards-speech/ when he was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards:

    “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul.”

    “..Time is very precious to me. I don’t know how much I have left…Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me…We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it’s the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. … You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

    The following is a link to some kids with cancer at Duke’s Hospital reading part of Jim Valvano’s “Don’t give up, never give up” message:

    “Aging is not something we should be ashamed of — it’s something to celebrate. Because living is an honor. Because time is a gift.
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    We should be no more ashamed of our age than a tree should be embarrassed by its many rings. Instead of removing the lines, what if we celebrated them? What if we honored them?

    I don’t know how much time I have. But, if God is gracious, I hope I live long enough to get old. I hope I have so much joy in my life that laugh lines grace my eyes and smile lines etch my face.

    And I hope when others see me, they don’t think, “There’s a woman who should going into hiding until she can afford a neck lift.”

    I hope they look at me and see a woman who lived.

    A woman who gladly, proudly, joyously lived.”

    Copied and pasted from the article, ” What Surviving Breast Cancer At 27 Taught Me About Wrinkles”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-…women&ir=Women

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    “I will not die an unlived life.
    I will not live in fear
    of falling or catching fire.
    I choose to inhabit my days,
    to allow my living to open me,
    to make me less afraid,
    more accessible,
    to loosen my heart
    until it becomes a wing,
    a torch, a promise.
    I choose to risk my significance,
    to live so that which came to me as seed
    goes to the next as blossom,
    and that which came to me as blossom,
    goes on as fruit.”
    ~ Markova
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    “Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.”

    “Don’t under estimate your ability to heal” Julie Silvers, MD
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    ”A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.” – Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota.

    Here is Dr. Creagan talking about his patients at Mayo Clinic and how their pets’ give them a reason to go home:

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    “There is a quote in the movie Shawshank Redemption that says, ‘You either get busy living, or you get busy dying.’ I want to be busy living.”
    — By Stacy at http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/

    “It is always too soon to give up.”

    A right time to cry and another to laugh,
    A right time to lament and another to cheer,
    ECCLESIASTES 3:4 (THE MESSAGE)

    “…And in their book, Dear God, It’s Cancer, authors William Fintel, M.D. and Gerald McDermott, Ph.D. emphasize that …

    “… both tears and laughter are gifts of God –
    and you need them both
    to make it through the trials of cancer.”

    So no matter how many tears we shed – no matter how deep and dark the pit we found ourselves in – we have discovered on our own journey that there is always a time to laugh and it sure makes the journey easier to endure. As the comedian Bob Hope – who had the gift to make others laugh – said …

    “I have seen what a laugh can do.
    It can transform almost unbearable tears
    into something bearable –
    even hopeful.”

    “Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper – it doesn’t permanently solve any problems but it makes things more acceptable for a while.”

    –Unknown author

    “Small, sustainable steps towards better health add up! Just one change a week would be 26 changes in 6 months!”

    “It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats”

    “At any given moment you have the power to say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end'”.

    “If I tell you I have cancer, please don’t tell me that your grandma died from cancer because you’re not helping.”

    “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” Book

    “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
    http://pinkribbonblues.org/2012/10/w…comment-146335
    ——————
    “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.

    Every 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

    —————
    “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.”
    –NBCC

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article…st-cancer.html

    ———————-
    “…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
    terms.

    That’s where I am right now: life on life’s terms.”

    —Jodi http://womenwcancer.blogspot.com/201….html?spref=fb
    ———————–
    “Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.”
    — Jim Beaver, Life’s That Way: A Memoir

    “The calendar comes back to it each year. The day she found out about her breast cancer.”
    –Sulick

    Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: “You must remember this: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”

    “When you have my illness, thoughts cross your mind like shadows: “Is this my last Thanksgiving?” You have to push those thoughts away because they will crowd out the reason for the day. It doesn’t matter if I am here next year, all that matters is that I am here now.”
    –CoolBreeze Ann, Thanksgiving 2012

    Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts –
    it’s what you do with what you have left.
    Hubert Humphrey

    Bonnie’s advice:
    “Keep the faith.”

    Elaine’s sig line:

    “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” author unknown
    Shared by a multiple myeloma survivor.

    LuckyLinda’s sig line:
    From: It’s Not About the Hair:
    “The hope for healing is not born out of a fear of death, but a love of life.This is a very good thing. When people love life more than they fear death, they come to treatment with open hands, open hearts, open eyes.When people fear death more than they love life, they are clinging and clutching and grasping.”

    Jackie’s sig line:

    “I WANT TO BE AN OUTRAGEOUS OLD WOMAN WHO NEVER GETS CALLED AN OLD LADY. I WANT TO GET SHARP EDGED & EARTH COLORED, TILL I FADE AWAY FROM PURE JOY.” Irene from Tampa

    “Advocacy is a passion .. not a pastime” – Joe

    NEDenise’s sig line:
    “ Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you, and you alone, to decide. ” – Cavett Robert
    *Hmmm…shouldn’t I be polished to a nice, glossy shine right about now? Seriously!

    Penny’s sig line:
    …but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

    Mary Jo’s sig line:
    “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    Sheila’s sig line:
    “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
    is fighting some kind of battle.”

    There’s no need for me and God to stay up all night. God will be awake anyway so I need to go to bed and get a good sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4)
    –David Jeremiah

    “Enjoy Life Now. It Has an Expiration Date.”

    “A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event. Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity. They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label…
    Survivors cultivate an essence that will never be victim to a word.”
    — Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

    “Today, will I surrender my fears, my future, my what ifs, my life to the God of the heavens? The sovereign one with whom there are no accidents. With whom truth gives way, shining its light on the very core of my fears. With whom His very Word, that which we can hold in our fingertips, and take into the inner places of our beings…..brings hope, love, truth, comfort, encouragement, courage, forgiveness, healing, strength and endurance…and the ability to surrender to Him.” By Stacy at http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/
    ————————–

    “The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that the hardships in her life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

    True for war and stage 4 cancer – “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.” – General George S. Patton

    – Penny
    ————
    “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
    —Elizabeth Edwards

    Candlegranny’s sig line:

    “Don’t spend your time worrying about when or how you are going to die, spend your time figuring out how you are going to live today”. ~Elizabeth Edwards.

    Pamelamary:

    “I heard elsewhere…. “Yes, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, but at least I wouldn’t be dragged behind it for 5 years.”

    PinkGirl:
    There are people who go through treatment and then never recur. So I guess they are cured. Problem is, right now, no one knows who will recur and who won’t. “

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