Quotes About Cancer

·   Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet..Michael Douglas, actor (throat cancer)

·   Hope, not defeat should always be the starting point, no matter someone’s diagnosis. ~ Professor Chris O'Brien 

·   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). 

·   Nobody asks if you can afford a brain tumor, you just go where you are led, then your whole world just implodes on itself, and nothing is ever the same. ~ unknown.

·   When I was 13 I was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. I spent 13 weeks in the hospital getting treatment, and my parents had to mortgage the house to pay for it. I spent Christmas in the hospital. When I got out my father had bought me my first Lionel train set, a model Union Pacific line. ~  Delbert Teille, author.

·   Cancer is a noun, but, in the body, it acts like a verb.  ~ Lou War (oligodendroglioma).

·   Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

·   Scars are tattoos with better stories. ~unknown

·   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 (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."  ~  Lou War (oligodendroglioma).

·   The only way to do it {deal with a brain tumor} is to be extremely positive.  I viewed it as this {brain tumor surgery} is going to be an adventure. We're going to have a party today. ~ Mary Meixner

·   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.'  ~  Lou War (oligodendroglioma)).

·   When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really does bother me, that term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.   ~ Norm MacDonald, Canadian actor.

·    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).

·   In order to grow, most cancers push healthy cells aside, but due to space constraints, glioma tumors must destroy normal brain cells. Dennis Wright, cancer advocate http://cancercure-d.blogspot.com/.

·   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.  ~  Lou War (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.   Lou War (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.  ~ Lou War (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).

·   It is impossible to say 'Meningioma' without sounding like you've had one.  ~ Kristi Bengtson, American artist, journalist, founder of Hope for Grey Matters, Inc. (Meningioma).

·   It's the road to dying, being in pain, or being a burden to other people.  It's the fear of losing their mind. That can be a particular fear with brain tumors because they can change how people talk, think, their personality.  ~ Tziporah Cohen, a psychiatrist specializing in cancer care.

·   I just felt terrible and I really had these incredible feelings of guilt, that I was abandoning my wife. We had made this lifetime deal. I wasn't going to be there when we were old or whatever and she was going to be left with my children and it would be much, much harder. . . . I don't feel any bitterness about why me getting a tumor.  As I've gotten older you know and more people that bad things happen to.  Gosh, it can't always be the other guy.  ~ Stewart Selman, American home indoor air quality consultant (glioblastoma).

·   Living life with a brain tumor is similar to living life on a roller coaster.  Lots of ups and downs.  ~ Kathee Austin, American businesswoman (wife of a malignant brain tumor survivor). 

·   The most difficult time in any cancer battle is the time between diagnosis and deciding on a plan of attack.   Lou War (oligodendroglioma).

·    Cancer changes your life, often for the better. You learn what's important, you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them. My friend Gilda Radner (who died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at age 42) used to say, 'If it wasn't for the downside, having cancer would be the best thing and everyone would want it.' That's true. If it wasn't for the downside.   ~ Joel Siegel, Good Morning America movie critic.

·      My hope is for brain tumor/cancer patients to outlive the prognosis given by a doctor. Not only surviving but thriving!  Rachel Grady, Founder/ President & CEO of Hold Your Head Up (Meningioma & Glomus Jugulare).

·   I could’ve just sat there and moped around for the past year.  Or I could’ve just gotten over it and faced the fact and dealt with it.  I pretty much took the mindset of ‘OK, I have a brain tumor.  What am I going to do to keep up with my life?’  I was going to try and not let it affect me.  I just took an optimistic approach.  ~ Ben Rudy, American teenager (bithalamic brain tumor ). 

·  When I was young I had dreams of being a top athlete and going to the Olympics like my father had done before me… all that changed October 18th 1988 when I was diagnosed and had a surgery to remove a huge brain tumor in my cerebellum!  Although I was fortunate that it was benign, the surgery lasted nine hours and I had a 30% chance of living.  After staying in intensive care in a coma for four days, I had no motor skills left and didn’t know why God had spared me. I stayed in the hospital for 1 month and the long road of recovery had started but not before a grim analysis of doctors saying I would maybe walk in a year, couldn’t swim, maybe one day I would finish high school and having a job or getting a secondary degree would be “impossible.”  Well I surpassed expectations with the help of God, I walked within six months, swam varsity in college, have a master’s degree and am a teacher. 

    • I have also learned a lot. I am less materialistic than before and appreciate much more the little things in life!  I appreciate now much more the important things in life which are the relationships you build with people, friends and family!  I know that with God everything is possible and one should never give up!  ~ Ayis Caperonis, Swiss teacher living in Spain (Astrocytoma). 

·  If we didn’t have the hard times we wouldn’t appreciate the good times as much. Surviving cancer is great once you have the right attitude. I don’t know hat life has in store for me but it will be fun finding out. I have really grown up and matured as a result.  ~ Paudy Byrne, Irish stand up comedian (pineal tumor).

·  Someone said to me once, "It could be worse, it could be cancer."  They had never had a brain tumor.   Benign brain tumors and their treatments are just as difficult as cancerous brain tumors.  I read, "Even if it's not cancer it's okay to be afraid and angry.  Even if it's not cancer, it's still the worse thing that has happened to you."  Have faith and be strong.  ~ Unknown (Schwannoma).

·   When dealing with brain tumors each piece of positive news is worthy of celebration.  ~ Kathee Austin, American businesswoman (wife of a malignant brain tumor survivor).

·   Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.  ~ Unknown.

·   As weapons against cancer, faith is the bow and hope is the arrow.  Lou War (oligodendroglioma).

·   Brain cancer is one of our most terrifying diseases. All too often, it kills with appalling speed; the most common primary brain cancer in adults, Glioblastoma Multiforme, is also the deadliest.  The fear that brain cancer brings runs deepThis cancer assaults the organ of the self—the seat of our mind, emotions, and basic sense of control over our bodies—and so threatens to alter and destroy who we are.  ~ Henry S Friedman MD, neuro-oncologist at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center.

·   I advise people to explore their passions now — don't wait.  And don't sweat the small stuff in life.  You make adjustments to your game plan, but you don't fall down and roll over.  Be grateful for each day and focus on the quality of your life.  ~ Cynthia Amendt, American art teacher and art model (glioblastoma multiforme).

·   Glioma is a word ugly enough to make you wish your mouth and tongue couldn't make the motions necessary to say it.  ~ Catherine Graves, spouse of brain tumor victim and author of Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind.

·   Cancer came back into my life twice in order for me to understand something, and I guess I still wasn't getting it. And my husband wasn't getting it, eitherMariel Hemingway, speaking about the cancer of her mother and husband.

·   Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can't be treated just where it's visible - every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed. ~ David Hackworth, highly decorated US soldier (bladder cancer).