Inspirational Quotes…

Inspirational Quotes…


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.”

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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6 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes…

  1. Lou War

    A few to add:

    Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. ~ Michael Douglas

    It is impossible to say ‘Meningioma’ without sounding like you’ve had one. ~ Kristi Bengtson

    If we built one less bomber we could double the cancer budget. ~ Dr. Keith Black, neurosurgeon

    As weapons against cancer, faith is the bow and hope is the arrow. ~ Lou War

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. ~ Edward Abbey

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

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

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

    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

    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

    1. Robyn Post author

      Thank you Lou for sharing these inspirational quotes with us. BTW, I especially love the one you authored…. very true, very impactful.

  2. Robyn Post author

    Wow za wow wow Randy, you were right when you said you had a lot to say 😉 Thank you for your comments, perspective & advice….. I look forward to checking out your book. Sending you much love & light.

  3. Randy Chalfant

    Quotes from Randy Chalfant’s book – Prospering with Cancer:

    “I had faith that whatever the outcome, it was being managed by and executed as a part of God’s plan. Even then I knew that there are no mistakes in God’s plan it was my job to be a faithful soldier and follow.”

    1. Working and Chemo
    a. Having a positive mental attitude is the most important contributor to recovery and health
    b. Doing Normal things makes one feel Normal!
    c. Focus on the Prize It’s not what you have lost, it’s what you have gained
    2. Treatment
    a. Have Faith in God
    b. Have Faith in the Medical Team
    c. Family, Friends and Colleagues will support you
    d. Stay Positive
    3. Focus on Living
    a. Chemo is Lousy, Life is Wonderful
    b. Being a Survivor is an Accomplishment and Point of Pride
    c. Align yourself with the Win!
    d. “God’s messenger to greater truth, is delivered through the challenge of adversity.
    e. There is far more respect for living through it, than from suffering from it.”
    4. What’s Important
    a. Most of what people gave was free. I find that what is more important than gifts of substance is just knowing that someone cares
    b. Eternity is forever and therefore the time someone can suffer through cancer is short, again – when you consider eternity as the backdrop. Now is a good time to make things right with our maker
    5. Inner Strength
    a. With eternity as a backdrop, in the times that disciples like Peter, Paul, John or even Jesus suffered, from a heavenly point of view, the overall time they had to endure was insignificant. And so it is with me. I may not like the day to day issues, but in the larger scheme of things it is meaningless. Yet the lessons learned about the things that are important and that really matter are huge.
    b. The weaker I become physically, the stronger I become inside
    c. Since time seems to move along at a snail’s pace when you are ill, there is plenty of time to think about what is important
    d. I may have grown continually weaker on the outside, but my battlements on the inside have never been in better shape in the areas that are most important, and all of those areas are measured by what is important to God
    e. Hearing, you have cancer, presents all sorts of big challenges. Having positive perspective has a large impact on how you will see each of the challenges, as well as the outcomes for each of them.
    f. Positive expectation yield positive results – always
    g. There are a lot of people that count on me, therefore I feel the only option is to keep my chin-up, and carry on with as much dignity as I can muster.
    h. Cancer will likely kill me, but that is exactly what it will have to do to make me stop, because until that happens – it’s life as usual as much as I can
    i. Statistics consider the left and right boundary condition. I am neither. I have already outlived the statistics, I am planning on destroying the statistical credibility completely
    j. Hearing someone died always makes me realize just how precious and precarious life is
    k. There are a lot of people out there you care about, you should find a way to let them know
    l. Most people will never know the amount of people that care for them, in measures that are no less than startling
    m. At the same time know that you have made a difference to people. It is a great privilege and blessing to have the opportunity to understand who has appreciated what. It just makes you feel good
    n. What you do today, you may not have the option to do tomorrow.
    o. What’s important to you? What unfinished business do you have? When do you think is the right time to finish it?
    6. God Family and Friends
    a. Everything that causes me angst, is a step toward God making my life better
    b. I am the head of the school of hard knocks. As such it has taken me a long time to learn that these difficult challenges that life brings my way is what hardens my mettle
    c. I believe in the power of prayer, love, support, and even my own will
    d. I don’t even know how many people have been praying for me, but from what people tell me it is larger than even I imagine.
    e. I do know this, God hears prayers. God does have a plan, but prayers are answered too
    f. I also am keenly aware of how important it is to have the will to be healthy and to live
    g. Your Family Loves you. Your spouse really Loves You!
    h. It may not be obvious but, The Patient’s Perspective is Similar to the Family’s
    i. They are afraid. Afraid you will suffer, they will lose you, afraid of living without you!
    ii. A life threatening disease is just upsetting. It is upsetting to the person who has the problem, but it can also be as or more upsetting to people around you
    iii. Again, the patient has the opportunity to set the opinions that most will carry. Make it a positive one, it’s better for you, and it’s better for your circle of family, friends, and colleagues
    i. Friends and their spirit, can obligate and carry you
    j. The concern, love and care others shared with me, still motivate me to not let them down, it is a powerful influencer
    k. Some of the darkest moments have brought the brightest insights, lessons, and faith enriching moments
    i. Laying awake at night, frightened, and worried to the bone inspired some meaningful conversations with God
    ii. All of my fears and worries were resolved by the guiding hand and spirit of God
    l. The Power of Healing is rooted in Faith and Belief
    i. If God’s plan is for your life on Earth to be over, you can be assured it will be over.
    ii. But if there is a choice, you can also be sure that your vigilant faith and belief in healing and God’s support will be the most powerful alley you can find
    m. God’s greatest gifts – are for the strong and faithful
    i. Prayer is the most powerful medium for finding the wisdom God teaches from the lessons of life. Keeping you mind and heart open to hearing God’s word allows for the benefit of his comfort and wisdom.
    7. Abundant Human Generosity
    a. Human Generosity isn’t new. Having an open heart and mind to witness and recognize it was new, at least for me.
    b. People, and I mean lots of them, arose to found ways to let me know they cared and that I mattered to them
    i. The Hearts and Spirit of these people are large and gracious
    ii. Calls, email, text message, FaceBook, cards, letters, and gifts. Can you imagine what a shock it would be?
    iii. Does anybody ever expect to be the focus of so much attention
    c. A Living Eulogy is Humbling
    i. Cancer gave me the chance to life through a living eulogy. Lot’s of people took extraordinary efforts to ensure I knew that I had done something important for them.
    ii. Often I couldn’t remember what I had done for them, but they sure remember!
    d. You probably have made contributions that have had significant impact to others
    i. Some of the contributions I was given credit for seemed to be measured as major life events – who knew?
    e. Your Friends need comfort too
    i. Everyone will be taking their cues from you. If you are weepy and sad, that’s how they will see you, and that’s what they will see as your experience, and that is what they will remember you by. There is no honor for suffering with cancer, there is honor for living through and in spite of it. Winston Churchill said it best, we shall never, never, never give up.
    f. First and foremost as a supporter, just being there is huge in value
    i. The love and support from people feeds me courage, Courage to face the challenge of cancer, courage to be strong for others, courage to standup and speak, and courage to sit down and listen to news that is difficult
    ii. People and prayer make it possible. I believe the love from both God and you are the foundation to have the strength to live and be happy no matter what the challenge

    g. It is not so important what you say as much as just letting someone know you care. Your Loving Kindness is uplifting with immeasurable value
    i. Some people find it easy to know what to say, and to be there – at all the right times.
    ii. I have other friends that just wont talk to me. Personally, I love them both.
    iii. My advice is that you don’t need a clever and well-rehearsed dialog prepared. All that is really necessary is to let someone know you care. Look them in the eye, touch them, and let your heart speak.
    iv. That message is always undeniable, and is always felt in the heart, the most significant message you can give.
    h. My advice is to be patient, and pay attention to all that is going on around you
    i. The doctors have to tell you the statistics, and you need to know them, but you are not a statistic.
    ii. Your faith, belief, and commitment will carry beyond the curves.
    iii. Trust your Doctor, or find one you can trust, but don’t bounce around. Get on a plan and ride it out.


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