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More Inspirational Quotes for Anyone Touched By Cancer

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Sometimes we read an inspirational quote or hear a speech (like the one I posted yesterday from Stuart Scott) that lift our spirit and give us perspective.  Simple words of wisdom from someone who has shared a similar journey can give us hope and strength- two much needed weapons in the fight against cancer.  Here are 18 inspirational, hope-filled quotes for cancer fighters,  cancer survivors or anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.  Why only 18?  The number 18 symbolizes “life” & “good luck” in Judaism.

 

1.  “No one is guaranteed a tomorrow… not me, not you, not a person with cancer. So let’s make the best of today.”~ Alan Stoller

2.  “Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” ~John Diamond

3.  “There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t.  What you’ve got to do is turn around and say ‘watch me'”. ~Author Unknown

4.  “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” ~Lance Armstrong

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

6.  “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

7.   “You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived and in the manner in which you lived. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.” ~Stuart Scott

8.  “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~Dale Carnegie

9.  “Never, never, never give up.”  ~Winston Churchill

10.  “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill

11.  “Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.” ~Felicia Hemans

12.  “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~Christopher Reeve

13.  “It’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln

14.  “Scars are tattoos with better stories.” ~Author Unknown

15.  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

16.  “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

17.  “At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.” ~Author Unknown

18.  “Don’t lose hope, when it gets dark the stars come out.” ~Author Unknown

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?  Please share it with us.  What you say might just brighten someone else’s day. ;-)

 

Stuart Scott’s Inspirational Speech

 “You beat cancer by how you lived, why you lived and in the manner in which you lived. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you.”- Stuart Scott

 

In July, 2014, Stuart Scott, world renown sportscaster and ESPN SportsCenter Anchor, was presented with the Jimmy V. ESPY Award for Perseverance for his ongoing and inspirational fight against cancer.  His acceptance speech was one of the most moving and incredible speeches I’ve ever heard.  His message was simple…. never give up and live life to the fullest with the help and support of those around you.  Personally I listen to this speech whenever I feel down… and then… I get back up and start living life as best as I can.

Live, Love & Laugh MORE Often… despite the fact that #cancersucks

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While we were battling Alan’s cancer, I printed out the 50 inspirational lessons below and placed them on my bathroom mirror.  I needed to be reminded that life was still good, despite the onslaught of heartbreaking news we were receiving.   And now, 4 years after his passing, I STILL read them every morning as I’m getting dressed.  It gives me perspective and helps me remember that although life isn’t what I expected it to be, it’s still a gift…. after all, that’s how Alan always saw it.

 

In honor of the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I think it’s fitting to re-post these lessons, written by Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.  If you’ve read them before, they are a great reminder on how to live life.  And if you’ve never read them, enjoy.  I wish you all a healthy, sweet, joyful, cancer-free New Year!  xo

 

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

The Power of Resilience is in EVERYONE!

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The power of resilience is in everyone.

 

I saw this on HopeLab’s FaceBook Page and had to repost it on CancerHawk today.  It so eloquently redefines what is within each of us.  Cancer has shown me that each one of us is stronger than we realize.  When you look in the mirror, what do you see? xoxoxoxoxo

L’Shana Tovah (Happy New Year) & Some Advice on How to Live Life

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Readers of CancerHAWK have told me that this particular post really resonates with them. So in honor of the Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I think it’s fitting to re-post this one today… and BTW, I STILL read this every single morning as I’m getting dressed- it hangs on a mirror in my bathroom.  It gives me perspective and helps me remember that although life isn’t what I expected it to be, it’s still a gift…. after all, that’s how Alan always saw it.  Wishing you all a healthy, sweet, joyful, cancer-free New Year!

 

This post is called “How to Live Life” and was written by Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.  Ms. Brett says, “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.”  She recently added 5 more lessons.  So without further ado, here is Regina Brett’s list of 50 life lessons…

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Innovative Research + Funding = Hope

 

During the summer of 2009, my husband was diagnosed with pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma.  One year later, at the young age of 47, he died.  Throughout that year, we had some of the top cancer researchers in the world working on Alan’s case.  Their efforts gave us hope that we would overcome Alan’s cancer.  This hope gave us the strength to get out of bed every day and enabled us to endure more pain and disappointment than I care to remember.

 

Despite the fact that Alan passed away, I believe that cancer is a disease that can be cured.  Although much progress has been made in the war against cancer, we still have a long way to go.  Medical research that is taking place right now continues to fuel my hope that one day we will live in a world with NO cancer.

 

CONSANO (v) to heal in Latin

 

Meet CONSANO.org, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform (founded by breast cancer survivor Molly Lindquist) that enables individuals to donate any amount- small or large- to specific medical research projects they feel passionate about.

 

Here’s how CONSANO.org works:

1. Browse the list of projects & choose one (or more ;-) ) that mean something to you.  All projects have been reviewed by members of Consano’s volunteer Scientific Advisory Board to ensure that a project is legitimate, easily understood, relevant, and has the potential to lead to improvements in patient care.

 

2. Donate any amount directly to that project.  100% of your donation (minus a 2.2% PayPal processing fee) will go directly to support that project.

 

3. Receive quarterly updates from the researcher through the lifecycle of the project.  AMAZING!

 

Also check out the CONSANO blog… It features stories written by patients, family members, and friends- anyone touched by an illness.  By sharing our stories, we can help provide inspiration, hope, and a strong sense of community to others navigating their own journey.  If you’d like to share your story on CONSANO, please email info@consano.org.  To read mine & Alan’s story, click HERE.

Dedicate A Day to A Sarcoma Warrior

Miles2Give is literally running from the Golden Gate Bridge to the White House in the name of sarcoma.

Miles2Give is literally running from the Golden Gate Bridge to the White House in the name of sarcoma.

sarcoma (n):  A malignant tumor that arises from the musculoskeletal system tissues such as bone, muscle or connective tissue.  Sarcomas comprise 1% of adult cancer cases and 15% of pediatric cases.  Although sarcomas can arise anywhere on the body, the most common location is in the limbs.  There are over 30 subtypes of sarcoma; many are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation; diagnosis often occurs after the cancer has metastasized.  

 

Before Alan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2009, I had never even heard of the word “sarcoma” much less known anyone who was touched by it.  In the last few months, I can not believe how many incredible people I’ve met who have been affected by sarcoma and are now working hard to do some good.

 

Meet Landon Cooper, an ultra-runner from Alabama who founded an organization called Miles2Give.  Landon and his team at Miles2Give are currently running 3,000 miles across the US to raise awareness of sarcoma as well as funds for much-needed sarcoma research.  While doing so, they are dedicating each day of running to a person who is battling sarcoma or who has lost their life to sarcoma.  I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E!

 

There is no cost to “Dedicate A Day… so if you know anyone touched by sarcoma, pass it on… click HERE for more information.

 

Last week, Landon ran for my sister in law’s dear friend Paula Tackas, an 8 year sarcoma survivor and incredible woman to boot. ;-)   I’m going to dedicate a day in July for Alan since that is when Landon will be running in Maryland/DC.    I know Alan would love that.

A Little Hug Goes A Long Way

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Please share a hug with someone who needs one today.  #RandomActsOfKindness

Inspirational Quotes…

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Today is March 4th and this is a very special day for me… today marks the 18th anniversary of my first date with Alan, a day we celebrated each year with sushi & wine. Today also marks the 2 year anniversary of Cancerhawk.  In honor of this day, I’d like to post some inspirational phrases that helped us get through those occasional moments that were too much to bear.   If you have a favorite quote or saying, please share it with us…. what you say might just brighten someone’s day. ;-)

 

18 Inspirational Quotes for Cancer Patients (Or Anyone for that Matter)…

Why only 18?  The number 18 symbolizes “life” & “good luck” in Judaism.

 

1.  “No one is guaranteed a tomorrow… not me, not you, not a person with cancer. So let’s make the best out of today.”~ Alan Stoller

2.  “Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” ~John Diamond

3.  “Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” ~Ingrid Bergman

4.  “We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.” ~Lance Armstrong

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

6.  “What Cancer Cannot Do – Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the spirit.” ~Author Unknown

7.  “Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” ~gotCancer.org

8.  “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~Buddha

9.  “Never, never, never give up.”  ~Winston Churchill

10.  “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill

11.  “Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.” ~Felicia Hemans

12.  “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~Christopher Reeve

13.  “It’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln

14.  “Scars are tattoos with better stories.” ~Author Unknown

15.  “He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

16.  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

17.  “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

18.  “At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.” ~Author Unknown

(Sources: How To Be Happy;  Everyday Health;  Quote Garden)

 

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