97 Inspirational Cancer Quotes by Fighters & Survivors

From time to time now, we are sharing inspiring cancer survivor stories to help people fighting against cancer to gain a new perspective on life. Cancer Survivors can better emotionally guide a person who has just been diagnosed or going through his/her journey. Their words of wisdom can encourage someone to never lose hope and move forward in life. Here we share a list of 98 inspiring quotes by our people who are cancer survivors and fighters themselves. Hope these powerful quotes inspires you!

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98 Motivational and Inspirational cancer quotes by fighters & Survivors

1. Irene Durante - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

"Isaiah 43:2 (with my name inserted) is what I stood on and what carries me. For example: Irene, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Irene, when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, They will not sweep over you. Irene, when you walk through the fire, You will not be burned; The flames will not set you ablaze.”

2. Brandi L. Benso - Ewing's Sarcoma Survivor

“Do not make permanent decisions based off of temporary feelings” -Brandi Benson

3. Lu - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” -Hunter S. Thompson

4. Brittany Perez - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Faith doesn’t always mean that God changes your situation, sometimes it means he changes you” –Steven Furtick

5. Marie - Liposarcoma Survivor

“See it, believe it, be it!”

6. Jimmy M - Brain Cancer Survivor

“You can achieve anything you set your mind to.”

7. Nora McMahon - Ovarian Cancer Survivor

“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” -Carl Sagan

8. Kay - Leukemia Survivor

“Always believe!!!”

9. Caleb Scott - Brain Cancer Survivor

“All we’ve got is hope, and we hang on to that every single day.”

10. Zhenia Rubi Cardona - Cervical Cancer Survivor

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

11. Corie Mogenis - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“One minute at a time! Some days are too much to handle so break it down. Deal with the moment in front of you and worry about the next when you get there.”

12. Jennifer - Thyroid Cancer Fighter

“Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life, NOT the whole story” -Joe Wasser

13. Emma Rose Wiggins - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”.

14. Lana Bauwens - Colon Cancer Survivor

“This too shall pass”

15. Brett Conley - Leukemia Survivor

“I am not thankful for cancer but I am thankful for what cancer has taught me.”

16. Cara - Cervical Cancer Fighter

“Don’t worry about tomorrow as it only ruins today.”

17. Mia Sophia - Lymphoma Survivor

“Love yourself, you are your longest commitment.”

18. Natalie Wilson - Breast Cancer Survivor

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength” -Mahatma Gandhi “The journey you are on is purposeful; easy or difficult. It’s a journey created for you by God so don’t fight it, simply trust in His will” -Natalie Wilson

19. Anton - Brain Cancer Fighter

“Family support is the biggest love on earth.”

20. Bishop - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“There will come a time in life when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

21. Rob Guarino - Nasal Sinus Carcinoma Survivor

“Die with memories, not dreams”

22. Malisa Morris - Breast Cancer Survivor

“You are not Your Scars.” – Malisa Morris

23. Cindy Minter - Breast Cancer Survivor

“Give your morning to God and he will give you the day.” –Carmel Murphy

24. Rach DiMare - Breast Cancer Survivor

“Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it” –C. Assad

25. Juano Ocampo - Brain Cancer Fighter

“Always be inspired on every trial you face for these are stepping stones for a higher purpose”

26. Jailyne - Lymphoma Survivor

“Don’t dream it, be IT” -Alyssa Edwards “Breath. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life” -Johnny Depp

27. Valory Newton - Osteosarcoma Survivor

“Dance, dance for today and dance for tomorrow.”

28. Dawnia- Kidney Cancer Survivor

“Be your own healthcare advocate. You owe it to yourself and the people that love you.”

29. Jourdan - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Fight for your life because you’re better than cancer.”

30. Jill Pring - Breast Cancer Survivor

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present” –Maya Angelou

31. Irene Durante - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Isaiah 43:2 Irene is what I stood on and what carries me. For example: Irene, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Irene, when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And when you pass through the rivers, They will not sweep over you. Irene, when you walk through the fire, You will not be burned; The flames will not set you ablaze.”

32. Sophie Wardle - Brain Cancer Fighter

“The devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today I whispered in the Devil’s ear, “I am the storm.””

33. Crystal Bierbaum - Thyroid Cancer Fighter

“You are not in charge of the life you are given, but you are in charge of how you choose to live it.”

34. Siobhan Moxhay’ - Myeloma FIghter

“Believe in Miracles”.

35. Casey- Thyroid Cancer Fighter

“Surviving cancer is not the end of a gruesome story, it’s the beginning of a beautiful one.”

36. Assia - Leukemia Fighter

“We can’t direct the wind, but we can direct the sails.”

37. Ammy - Brain Cancer Fighter

“Rejoice rebuild the storm has passed” Frank turner the next storm. I even got it tattooed in the man’s handwriting to mark finishing treatment.

38. Jen - Thyroid Cancer Fighter

“Live like there is no tomorrow”

39. Amy - Lung Cancer Fighter

“Life’s challenges can make us bitter or better. Choose to learn and grow, not to be a victim of circumstances.”

40. Lina Miranda - Stomach Cancer Survivor

“You can’t control some of the things that happen in your life, but you can control the way you look at them.”

41. Laurie - Tongue Cancer Survivor

“It comes down to a simple choice really: get busy living, or get busy dying.” - Shawshank redemption

42. Courtenea Brown - Leukemia Survivor

“Speak up or forever hold no peace.”

43. Megan - Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans Survivor

“No pain we endure, No trial we Experience is ever wasted” – Orsion F. Whitney

44. Meredith Winn - Bone Cancer Survivor

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

45. Destiny Carson - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Emotions are dangerous, they can cloud and distort your vision as well as the people around you, take a second and think it through yourself.”

46. Marla - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Cancer doesn’t define who you are, you do it, so keep going”

47. Grace Wethor - Brain Cancer Survivor

“A lot of people tell me “you’re so lucky” after they hear my story. Well okay, first they say “OMG, I’m so sorry” and then they say “you’re so lucky.” But what is luck anyways? Would you have told me I was lucky three years ago when I was literally given a death sentence? Luck is defined as success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. In other words random. But I don’t think this was random…how could it be? That was when I decided to be in control of my “luck.” You are probably thinking “Grace, that’s not how it works.” But, why not? It’s your life. Make it that way.”

48. Heather - Bladder Cancer Survivor

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” -Kurt Vonnegut

49. Jenn Roder - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Never give up. Keep fighting. No excuses. Be the best YOU.”

50. Kristen Cuttill - Ovarian Cancer Survivor

“Invictus Animus Est “ It is Latin for unconquerable soul.

51. Kandice Welch - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“You sometimes have to look back, to see how far your Journey has taken you”

52. Julia Spurge Salerno - Ewing's Sarcoma Survivor

“I had cancer but cancer never had me.”

53. Gemma - Kidney Cancer Survivor

“Fight until you have no more fight to give and then fight some more.”

54. Tiffani - Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Survivor

“Life is a very precious gift. And unfortunately, you don’t truly realize it until you are fighting to stay alive.”

56. Kathryn - Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great Love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with Love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. ” -Jim Morrison

57. Leanne - Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

“Cancer is only a chapter in my life, not my whole story.”

58. Lisa Ward - Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe..”

59. Olivia Pexman - Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

60. Nicole Body - Sarcoma Survivor

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” -Romans 12:12

61. Marissa Henley - Angiosarcoma Survivor

” For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

62. Jen - Breast Cancer Survivor

“Keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all you need to do right now” – said by my radiologist the day I was diagnosed.

63. Lakeia - Breast Cancer Survivor

“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

64. Emma (BRCA2 positive) chose Double Mastectomy

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do.”

65. Merak - GIST Survivor

“ When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it!” -Steve Mcqueen

66. Julie Randall - Melanoma Survivor

“Some people are fit and Healthy, they may live for a short time or a long time. I had cancer, I might live for a short time or a long time. So, the message is JUST LIVE!”

67. Laura - Melanoma Survivor

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”

68. Josh Perry - Brain Tumor Survivor

“I love saying ‘Fear is just a thought. Thoughts can be changed.’”

69. Jaime Hall - Oligodendroglioma Survivor

“You should never regret anything in life. if it’s good, it’s wonderful. if it’s bad, it’s experience”

70. Benjamin Prewitt - Oropharyngeal Cancer Survivor

“Be brave, be bold and thrive in the life you have. You never know when it’s going to change.”

71. Via - Leukemia Survivor

You have to be “Courageous through Cancer”

72. Catalina Ritzinger - Multiple Cancer Survivor

“ You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” -Max Ehrmann

73. Cedrik - Mulitple Myeloma Survivor

“’No one fights alone’, ‘Let’s do this!’, and ‘I wish cancer would get cancer and die’”

74. Hannah - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

75. Sarah - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

76. Gemma - Thyroid Cancer Survivor

“Darkness exists so that stars can shine”

77. Brenda - Breast Cancer Survivor

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”

78. Daynah - Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma

“The first step to happiness is accepting who you are and where you are- the rest will follow after that”

79. Nicole Munoz - Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breath taking mosaic of the battles she’s won.”

80. Becky - Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

“Life is too short not to live it to its fullest.”

81. Barbara - Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

” Keep Going Don’t Stop! KGDS!”

82. Shanee Wilson - Lymphoma Survivor

“You were assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.”

83. Abby Shoenfelt - Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor

“I’m heaven there won’t be any pain, confusion or loss. We will see clearly. So I embrace my moment of pain now and give Him praise in the midst of it. Because that’s an offering I’ll never have a chance to give Him in heaven. Every moment is an opportunity to give god something in worship.”

84. Bronte - Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Survivor

“Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength – I saw this once on Instagram from another cancer patient, you must use what life throws at you to become the best person you can.”

85. David Cruz - Lymphoma Survivor

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

86. Sarah - Non Hodkin's Lymphoma Survivor

“Life is not about how you die but how you live.” I have it tattooed on my back

87. Azhyiana - Childhood Liver Cancer Survivor

“When tired, take a break. But, never give up. "

88. Justin - Testicular Cancer Survivor

“Carpe Scrotiem! Don’t be afraid to check yourself and talk about your ‘boys’ with your boys!”

89. Kalpana Chowdhary - Stomach Cancer Survivor

“I Know For Certain That God Does Not Make Mistakes, But He Does Make #Miracles.” I Am ONE! YOU Are too! Never lose the faith and hope. Miracle happens all the time. Just believe and go kill the demon with a swag”

90. Cam - Cervical Cancer Survivor

“Stay persistent.”

91. Jamilah Lawry- Cervical Cancer Survivor

“I have my own saying… Spare no day, no minute, no second. Time isn’t promised, but it is permitted. (Jamilah Lawry)”

92. Crystal - Cervical Cancer Survivor

“Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.”

93. John - Colon Cancer Survivor

“Everyone has a story. Cancer tried to end my life story. I decided to write another chapter.”

94. Julie - Colon Cancer Survivor

“You can fight this, there’s no other option!”

95. Kimberly Coleman - Stage 2 Rectal Cancer

“Live, Love, Laugh and repeat because life is fragile! Celebrate every win and create your own happiness!!”

96. Adam - Colon Cancer Survivor

“During my cancer journey, I became an avid cyclist and one day I was watching the Lance Armstrong documentary. The man is very controversial but I respect him for the cancer journey he made. He raised an amazing amount of money for cancer research and really put it out in the public domain for all to see. One quote he said which stuck with me was “The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer. Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son, and a father.”

97. Kere - Breast Cancer Survivor

“I may have cancer, but cancer will never have me!”

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