For most people, a diagnosis of breast cancer is a life-changing event that commonly evokes feelings of shock, fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. Many people find that staying positive and talking to other people who have experienced breast cancer are helpful strategies for coping with the disease. Here are 12 beat cancer quotes that reflect the wide spectrum of people touched by breast cancer – mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, fathers, sons, husbands, and brothers – many of whom are well-known celebrities. We hope these kick cancer quotes provide inspiring positivity on your personal breast cancer journey.
“I’ve always thought of myself as being a warrior. When you actually have a battle, it’s better than when you don’t know who to fight.” ~Carly Simon
“If it weren't for my breast cancer, I wouldn't be a 'Today' host. After I got better, I talked to my boss about working on the show. Six months before, I'd have been terrified to go in there and ask for what I wanted. But after what I'd been through, how could I be scared of being told no?” ~Hoda Kotb
“I laughed more in the hospital than I ever have in my life, making fun of all the weird things that were happening to me. My friends would walk in with this sad look, and I would throw something at them and say, ‘Come on! This isn’t the end of the world!’” ~ Christina Applegate
“I take pride in knowing the NFL is pink in October, sparking conversations everywhere about breast cancer and prevention, all in the spirit of my mom.” ~ DeAngelo Williams
“Women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer can learn a tremendous amount from women who have already been treated.” ~ Anne Wojcicki
“I had male breast cancer and had dual radical modified mastectomy, and I've spent a lot of time working with the Susan G. Komen foundation to make men aware of male breast cancer – if you have breast tissue, you can have breast cancer.” ~ Edward Brooke
“I plan on … encouraging so many women who are out there, who are still in the thick of it, who have yet to fight this fight, that you can do it, you can get through this one step at a time.” ~ Amy Robach
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. So the only thing to really be afraid of is if you don’t go get your mammograms.” ~ Cynthia Nixon
“I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” ~ Angelina Jolie
“Ultimately, they’re just breasts right? I mean, I love them, they’re mine, they’re beautiful, but in the grand scheme of things, I would rather be alive and grow old with my husband.” ~ Shannen Doherty
“One important thing to know is you’re still the same person during it. I’m more eager than ever to do what I did. I want to do everything.” ~ Kylie Minogue
"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
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