Cancer Quotes

Your mission now is to ask yourself every day, ‘Am I doing what I want to be doing?’

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
puddle jumping

And I do ask myself that, every day. I try to make the answer yes, even if it requires saying the word no and disappointing someone.

My experience was about letting go. It was about really experiencing all that was happening at the deepest…

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You can still be a strong woman and say yes to support

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The most important thing I did was to give myself the ability to be strong. When I had melanoma, I was only twenty-one years old, a blond, blue-eyed sun worshiper. At the time, I fell apart, about my cancer diagnosis. I cried and pouted. Later I looked back on the person I was and…

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And to my doctor – let evidence of the worth of your efforts be the life I live.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

All quotes on Quote Snack since April 28th have been from the writings of cancer survivors. I’m extending it until the end of May, with a hearty helping of…

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You have to believe, and you have to fight

Sunday, May 24th, 2009
taut knot

After I was well again, I asked Dr. Nichols what my chances really were. “You were in bad shape,” he said. He told me I was one of the worst cases he had seen. I asked “How bad was I? Worse than fifty percent?” He shook his head. “Worst twenty percent?” He shook his head again. “Worst ten?” He still shook his head…

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We are much better than we know. We have unrealized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

What if I had lost? What if I relapsed and the cancer came back? I still believe I would have gained something in the struggle, because in what time I had left I would have been a more complete, compassionate, and intelligent man, and therefore more alive. The only thing the illness has convinced me of beyond all doubt- more than any…

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You’re here for all kinds of reasons.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
sunset clouds

“They talked about cancer like it was something to get through, to treat, to beat.” They never said it was going to change everything, all my plans, and take things away from me that I have wanted since I was a child. “They said it was…

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Cancer is not a form of death. I choose to redefine it: it is part of life

Friday, May 15th, 2009

One afternoon when I was in remission and sitting around waiting to find out if the cancer would come back, I made an acronym out of the word: Courage, Attitude, Never give up, Curability…

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I decided that I had nausea because I was giving birth to myself

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I love to make people laugh, and at The Wellness Community I’d found my role again. It didn’t matter to me that I was Gilda Radner. It wasn’t my reputation. It was who I was and who I always have been – someone who is…

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Sometimes the catastrophic moments in life force you to focus on the immediate

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

There are no real handbooks on what to do first when you get your diagnosis. No one can tell you how the experience is going to go. In my case, I knew I was not going to die, but I also knew, early on, that my life would never feel or look the same. I remember my…

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In front of everyone, I whipped out my eye and handed it to the umpire: “You’ll do better with this one.”

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

At Ossining High School the baseball field was right in back of the school and the grandstand was very close to the playing field, particularly on the third base side. This is significant because on this particular day it was a play at third base where the umpire called me…

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Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

I’ve survived cancer again, and again, and again, and again. I’ve won four Tour titles, and I wouldn’t mind a record-tying five. That would be some good living.

But the fact is that I wouldn’t have…

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We cannot change the cards we were dealt, just how we play the hand

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I flashed a giant image of the CT scans of my liver onto the screen. The slide was headlined “The Elephant in the Room,” and I had helpfully inserted red arrows pointing to each of the individual tumors.

I let the slide linger, so the audience could follow the arrows…

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