Quotes about Cancer

Quotes about Cancer

Thanks to Tom Mclain for allowing us to use the list of quotes that he put together below:

· 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, recording artist and actress (breast cancer)
· Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~ John Diamond, British journalist (throat cancer).

· My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats. ~ John Cheever, American writer (kidney cancer).

· Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. ~ Edward Abbey, American writer (misdiagnosed with pancreatic cancer).

· Cancer is a noun, but, in the body, it acts like a verb. ~ Tom McLain, American attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).

· Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me. ~ Ingrid Bergman, actress (breast cancer).
· Treating a brain Tumor is a complex thing- unlike a broken bone, you can't just treat the physical ailment - the tumor attacks who you are, and thus your intellect, feelings, and spirit area all threatened and must be cared for - and it's too much for one person to do it all, especially when you're fighting hard physically. I found three things that put my life back into balance.
Faith: For me, faith in a God who loves me and would stick it out with me no matter what, a faith I had started to lose over the years - the foundation of the house of my life.
Family & Friends: the walls of my life behind which I could find shelter from the winds, and could lean upon when weary.

Future: the new windows and doors of my life that showed me the possible, and gave me the chance to start believing in dreaming. ~ David Bailey, American musician (brain cancer - glioblastoma).

· It has been an extraordinary experience and, in many ways, extremely positive. ~ Marianne Faithful, English singer and actress (breast cancer).

· Lots of people joke about having a brain tumor. Lemme tell you, if you get one, it will be no laughing matter. ~ Kathee Austin, American businesswoman (wife of a Malignant brain tumor survivor).

· If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell. ~ Lance Armstrong, American professional cyclist (testicular cancer).

· During chemo, you're more tired than you've ever been. It's like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you're out. You don't know how you'll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you're stronger than you've ever been. You're clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it's instantaneous. ~ Melissa Bank, American author (breast cancer).

· When it comes to cancer, Winston Churchill's famous quote is the perfect mantra: "Never, never, never, never give up." ~ Tom McLain, American attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).

· The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~ Scott Hamilton, American skater (testicular cancer; brain tumor).

· It gave me a chance to re-evaluate my life and my career. Cancer certainly gives things a new perspective. I would not have won the Tour de France if I had not had cancer. It gave me new strength and focus. ~ Lance Armstrong, American professional cyclist (testicular cancer).

· Whoever said winning isn't everything, never had to fight cancer. ~ Unknown.

· But when I first got cancer, after the initial shock and the fear and paranoia and crying and all that goes with cancer - that word means to most people ultimate death - I decided to see what I could do to take that negative and use it in a positive way. ~ Herbie Mann, American jazz musician (prostate cancer).

· Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. ~ Jim Valvano, American basketball coach, broadcaster (bone cancer).

· When faced with a cancer diagnosis, the mature, thoughtful question is not ‘why me,’ but ‘why not me.' ~ Tom McLain, attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).

· 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. And 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. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special. . ~ Jim Valvano, American basketball coach, broadcaster (bone cancer).

· If there is a brain tumor support group in your area, join it. One of the greatest comforts and strengths you will find is in the sharing with others - particularly as you discover that you are in a position to help others - and as you do so, will help yourself. It's a magic that never fails. ~ David Bailey, American musician (brain cancer - glioblastoma).

· Cancer victims who don't accept their fate, who don't learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left. ~ Ingrid Bergman, actress (breast cancer).

· I have been unexpectedly confronted with my own mortality as I was told that I had cancer. ~ Jodi Rell, American politician (breast cancer).

· I've been a rock star since you were very young. But I've never encountered anything as powerful as cancer. ~ Melissa Etheridge, American musician (breast cancer).

· One of the reasons I loved playing quarterback was that I got to call the plays. The cancer put me in a position where I really wasn't in control anymore. ~ Len Dawson, American football player (prostate cancer).
· The tears of the angels form a river where you can wash your pain, and even in the middle of the thunder, don’t forget the love inside the rain. ~ David Bailey, American musician (brain cancer - glioblastoma).
· Sure, cancer can kill you, but it can also teach you faith, hope, courage, resilience, and purpose. ~ Tom McLain, American attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).
· Those of us fighting the brain tumor beast are a band of brothers and sisters. None of us want to be on this journey, but we are, and so we fight, side by side, helping each other with love, information and support. ~ Mike Gabriel (brain tumor).
· I am so grateful for my physical therapist, Teresa England, who taught me to respect the process of recovery. Healing is sometimes slow, and any pace but fast was alien to me. To me, the idea of patience and gradual progress was a very foreign idea. I truly learned patience from this woman, and how to appreciate the smallest signs of improvement. ~ Tara Subkoff, fashion designer and actress (acoustic neuroma brain tumor).
· The doctors are incredible people, but only human - Remember that whatever they tell you is ultimately just their educated guess. They are proven wrong every day. If "there's one chance in 500, someone's gotta be the one." Never stop thinking that you're the one. ~ David Bailey, American musician (brain cancer - glioblastoma).
· Hope provides the patient and their family the strength to continue the battle no matter how unfavorable the odds may appear to be. ~ Henry S Friedman MD, neuro-oncologist at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center.

· As a brain tumor patient, you have to be very careful with statistics. In the first place, they are all quite grim. However, the argument can be made that they are meaningless.

There are over 120 types of tumors and 4 different grades applied to tumors. Brain tumors occur in all ages, all races, and both sexes and do not care about whether the person is in overall good health. These tumors can occur anywhere in the brain and have any rate of growth. Considering all these factors, you quickly realize that you will probably never find someone “just like you” and that, at best, you will find a statistical pool with just some of your characteristics.

What then do you do with the statistics? I choose to think of them as merely a guide. With my brain tumor, I choose to believe that my chances of survival are phenomenal. ~ Tom McLain, American attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).

· Never underestimate the power of God to use your flimsy self to his glory. J.E. Oppenheim, American author ( Inoperable brain tumor).

· The present treatments for brain cancer are not curative. We need new and better treatments. More funding for research. Legislation to improve the research system and to provide better access to care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for all brain tumor survivors. ~ Shannon Obrien, former dancer and gymnast (brain tumor/cancer).

· If we built one less bomber we could double the cancer budget. ~ Dr. Keith Black, neurosurgeon.

· Brain tumor survivors: don't become hopelessly discouraged if you are experiencing deficits. You in a war and you are bound to have a few battle wounds. Rachel Grady, Founder/ President & CEO of Hold Your Head Up (Meningioma & Glomus Jugulare).

· I am still working just as hard as I ever did, but with changed priorities. Realizing how well I am doing, I have started a brain tumor support group at a local hospital to help others. I have no problems at all telling people I have had a brain tumor. I view myself almost as a missionary to spread the word that brain tumors don't necessarily mean sudden death. My new goal is to live long enough to die from something else.

~ As for my brain tumor, most days I don't even think about it. I just live each day as it comes. After all, everyone who ever lived also died of something or another. I am determined to live out the rest of my life taking care of the people I love. ~ Tony Zecca, engineer and businessman (brain tumor - oligodendraglioma grade II).

· I believe in God. I believe in healing. But still, it was hard. And hope was exactly what I needed. ~ Jordan Mills, former American military, now in college and seeking a career in sports management ( Brain Stem Glioma).My faith in God has been a critical component of my cancer battle. How people manage without faith is beyond me. ~ Tom McLain, American attorney (anaplastic oligodendroglioma).

· I found out I had a brain tumor. That will change your life forever. It taught me be thankful for what I've got. ~ Raley Mae Radomske, national rodeo champion ( choroid plexus papilloma)

~ I still have small seizures and will take Seizure medicine the rest of my life. I have to put drops in my right eye the rest of my life. My nerve was damage; it does not produce tears. These are just a couple of small side effects I will live with the rest of my life. I am very lucky and Thank God everyday that I survived having a brain tumor. ~ Robin Bauman (Meningioma)


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