“I’m sorry but you have breast cancer!”
This is probably the last statement any woman would want to hear during their routine medical examination. For most people, being diagnosed with breast cancer is as good as receiving their death sentence.
As soon as the tests come out positive, racing thoughts begin to overwhelm your mind. You start to wonder how soon before excruciating cancer pain sets in, how many more days you have before you lose the fight, and how your loved ones will cope when you’re gone.
Even if you want to remain positive and believe you’ll survive the disease, there are always nagging concerns about the possibilities of losing your breasts through mastectomy. These anxieties emanate from the fact that breasts are a mark of femininity.
But while being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a life-changing experience, it’s far from being a death sentence. With prompt medical intervention and a positive attitude, you may overcome the disease sooner than you could ever imagine.
As a person living with breast cancer, one way to foster a positive attitude is to arm yourself with quotes that inspire hope and fuel your drive to soldier on.
Breast Cancer Quotes
We’ve prepared a collection of the most empowering breast cancer quotes to help you carry on during breast cancer treatments.
1. Breast cancer is scary and no one understands that like another woman who has gone through it too ~ Mindy Sterling
2. Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit ~ Anonymous
3. Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet ~ Michael Douglas
4. Cancer is messy and scary. You throw everything at it, but don’t forget to throw love at it. It turns out that might be the best weapon of all ~ Regina Brett
5. Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it ~ Anonymous
6. Cancer opens many doors. One of the most important is your heart ~ Greg Anderson
7. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful ~ Joshua J. Marine
8. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
9. Don’t let breast cancer take away the motivation to achieve your dreams ~ Diana Cohen
10. 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
11. Fearless does not mean you aren’t afraid; it means you accept the fear and move forward anyway ~ Brianne Joseph
12. God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way ~ Anonymous
13. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble ~ Psalm 46:1
14. Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us ~ Samuel Smiles
15. It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave ~ Mandy Hale
16. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow ~
17. Knowing it exists is not enough. Get informed. Pass it on ~ Anonymous
18. Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices ~ St. Teresa of Avila
19. Life is much better when you choose happy. Despite your uncontrollable circumstances you have the choice to choose happy and to choose life ~ Lakeia Clark
20. Life’s better now. I wouldn’t do it all over again, though. It’s funny how life works. Maybe it was meant to happen for many reasons, because my life in many ways is richer ~ Giuliana Rancic
21. My relationship with my body has changed. I used to consider it as a servant who should obey, function, give pleasure. In sickness, you realize that you are not the boss. It is the other way around ~ Federico Fellini
22. Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you ~ Thomas Edison
23. No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way ~ Bernie Siegel
24. Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore ~ Melissa Etheridge
25. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence ~
26. Our way is not soft grass; it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun ~ Ruth Westheimer
27. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be neither are you where you used to be ~ Rick Warren
28. The best protection is early detection ~ Anonymous
29. The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it ~ Peter Pan
30. The only person who can save you is you: That was going to be the thing that informed the rest of my life ~ Sheryl Crow
31. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. So the only thing to be really afraid of is if you don’t go get your mammogram ~ Cynthia Nixon
32. The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up ~ Timothy the Mouse
33. There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live ~
34. We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell ~ Lance Armstrong
35. When fear knocks, let faith answer the door ~ Robin Roberts
36. When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure ~ Peter Marshall
37. Whether you’re a mother or father, or a husband or a son, or a niece or a nephew or uncle, breast cancer doesn’t discriminate ~ Stephanie McMahon
38. Worry does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace ~ Randy Armstrong
39. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift – that’s why it’s called ‘the present ~ Bill Keane
40. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. Live your life by your own terms, not cancer’s ~ Stuart Scott
Breastcancer.org reports that one in every eight women develop breast cancer at some point in their life. Early detection and increased awareness can go a long way in reducing mortality rates. That underscores the importance of routine screening.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with the disease, you can find hope and comfort in the above-listed quotes. Even if you’re not the one suffering from breast cancer, you can still share these quotes on your social media accounts to raise awareness of the disease.