If you are looking for uplifing breast cancer quotes and positive words of encouragement, you’re in the right place!
A breast cancer can be the most terrifying feeling. Whether you are searching for empowering words for your mom, friend, or yourself, uplifting quotes really help survivors maintain a positive mindset.
In this post, I will highlight my top 35 quotes that kept me sane at times as I battled surgery, chemo, and radiation therapy. If you have an additional uplifting quote to add, please feel free to comment below. Sharing words of encouragement and personal experiences really helps readers realize they aren’t alone in this.
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- Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
- Funny Breast Cancer Quotes
- Inspirational Cancer Quotes
- More Words of Encouragement
- Gift Idea for Positive Thoughts
- Spiritual Quotes for Strength
I first decided to write this post after watching Hoda Kotb share a story on her NBC morning show.
Hoda, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, discussed her experience of sharing her life-changing news with her boss at the time.
While in tears, Hoda confided in her boss that she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. His response was so motivational that she remembers it to this day.
He said, “I just want you to know something. I know a lot of women with breast cancer and they all have one thing in common……….They’re all still here.”
Isn’t that just the best thing to say to someone with this awful diagnosis!
I’m so grateful to Hoda for sharing that! What an awesome boss (and person) to have in your life!
So, after hearing that inspirational quote, I decided to write this post on positive quotes for breast cancer patients.
I hope that they brighten your day!
Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2018, just a few months after having my second baby.
I spent the remainder of the year and a significant part of the following year receiving treatment for breast cancer.
At the age of 36, I was completely stunned to get this diagnosis. Thankfully I had a lot of support from family and friends who helped me through the most difficult times.
My husband came up with a great idea to create a journal of quotes to help motivate us all on this breast cancer journey.
He reached out to my family and friends and asked them to submit quotes for his journal.
I have included some of these quotes below along with other inspirational words of wisdom that helped me along the way!
Funny Breast Cancer Quotes
These are some of my favorite quotes because they belong to people who I find hilarious.
Sometimes you have to try to find the humor in unpleasant situations to help you get through them!
These funny breast cancer quotes helped me do that.
It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique. And that’s what I know for sure… I think.Ellen Degeneres
You have no idea how high I can fly.Michael Scott on The Office
Yes my boobs are fake. The real ones tried to kill me!
Dear Scientists: You gave us Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. How about you stop playing with your d*cks and give us something for cancer?
Inspirational Cancer Quotes
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.C.C. Scott
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
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
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.Voltaire
Worry does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.Helen Keller
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.HG Wells
I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated.
It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.Mandy Hale
The potential within you is greater than the obstacles around you.Matshona Dhliwayo
With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.Eleanor Roosevelt
More Words of Encouragment
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.Helen Keller
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.Prescott Bush
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.Joshua J. Marine
Hope is stronger than fear.
Life isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be lived. But with every up and down you learn lessons that make you strong.
We cannot direct the wind but we can change the sails.
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.Peter Pan
The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.Timothy the Mouse (Dumbo)
If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, keep moving forward.MLK
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.Dalai Lama
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.Maya Angelou
Life is tough my darling, but so are you.Stephanie Bennett Henry
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were to perhaps win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing achieved.Samuel Smiles
A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.Jim Watkins
At the end of the day all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hang on until it does.
Gift Idea for Positive Thoughts
If you are looking for an additional resource for spiritual inspiration, I cannot recommend the book Jesus Calling enough!
Several of my friends mentioned this devotional book to me after I was diagnosed. I had it on my Amazon list for a while, but never followed through with ordering it.
Then, I checked my mail one day and it was literally in my mailbox! (One of my husband’s friends from work had sent it as a gift.)
This book was so helpful to me during treatment; but, it is especially helpful now as I try to move on with my life.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer will tell you that cancer is something she/he thinks about every single day.
The physical and mental side effects (that no one else sees) from the disease are always present.
The book Jesus Calling is a compilation of really short daily devotions that are super easy to read.
I particularly like the ones dedicated to moving past self-pity, letting go of worry, and focusing on living in the moment.
All of those things are obviously easier said than done. But, I find myself repeating quotes from the book in my head. It has really helped me with trying to move on and having a more positive outlook.
You can find Jesus Calling here if you would like to purchase the book. (Amazon Affiliate Link)
It makes a great gift! Out of all the things I have bought on my breast cancer journey, this book would be my number one recommendation to someone.
People often focus on the physical aspects of cancer, but your attitude and mental well-being are a huge part of recovering as well!
Spiritual Quotes for Strength
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.Romans 5: 3-4
The wound is the place where the light enters you!” Reminding us that God is ever more present when we are wounded.Rumi
As I have always told anyone who was dear to my heart and was feeling discouraged, I would say the only difference between you and me is that you have a diagnosis. We all only have one day at a time. Just waking up to this perfect thing we call life is truly a blessing! Stay positive, trust in the Lord, and believe with all your heart that God hears your prayers… He holds the answers for all of us everyday.Family Friend
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.John 16:33
I hope that these positive quotes for breast cancer inspiration moved you in some way. I am one year out of my initial diagnosis, and I still enjoy going back to read them.
Do you have any uplifting breast cancer quotes to share for inspiration?
Comment below and let me know!
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