20 Hope-Filled Quotes for Cancer Fighters and Survivors

20 Hope-Filled Quotes for Cancer Fighters and Survivors

Maintaining a positive outlook has been linked to reducing stress, boosting your immune system, decrease depression and increase overall wellbeing. These advantageous side effects can be especially beneficial when you are a cancer fighter or survivor.

However, staying upbeat can be tough. One thing that can be helpful is finding a mantra that will get you through a challenging time and reframe or refocus your state of mind. To make it easier, we have collected a list of uplifting quotes.

  1. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson
  2. “Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.” – Bernie Siegel
  3. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
  4. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle
  5. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  6. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” – Dr. Nido Qubein
  8. “Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”  Maori proverb
  9. “You are stronger than you know.” – Lori Osterman
  10. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
  11. “There’s a time in your life where you’re not quite sure where you are. You think everything’s perfect, but it’s not perfect… Then one day you wake up and you can’t quite picture yourself in the situation you’re in. But the secret is, if you can picture yourself doing anything in life, you can do it.” – Tom DeLonge
  12. “Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale
  13. “Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland
  14. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. “I learned that courage was 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
  16. “A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” – William Makepeace Thackeray
  17. “We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.” – Aristotle
  18. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  19. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
  20. “Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” – Samuel Smiles

Maybe several of these quotes will ring true for you; write them out onto post-it notes and hang them all around the house. Perhaps one singularly resonates with your spirit. Make it your personal mantra for those days when the clouds just won’t part. Let the words be a balm to your spirit and a reminder that the sun will shine again.


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