32 Uplifting & Inspirational Quotes for Women with Cancer

A collection of short but inspirational quotes for women who are facing cancer – for hope and encouragement.

Some people may feel at a loss for words when they hear that a loved one or friend has cancer. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many people find it difficult to know what to say to someone who is facing a cancer diagnosis.

Here are some words of comfort and inspiration that you can offer to someone who is facing cancer:


Inspirational Quotes for Women with Cancer


“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin.” Mother Teresa


“Our way is not soft grass; it’s a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.” Ruth Westheimer


“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” C.C. Scott


“When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.” Oscar Wilde


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” Mary Anne Radmacher


“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles


“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure.” Peter Marshall


“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott


“You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.” Dave Pelzer


“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” Oprah


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene


“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha


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


“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.” William Frederick Halsey, Jr.


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


“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Chuang Tzu


“To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” Katherine Paterson


“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” Misty Copeland


“Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.” Melissa Etheridge


“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure.” Peter Marshall


Fighting Cancer Quotes

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


“It’s about focusing on the fight and not the fright.” Robin Roberts


“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


“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn


“Hope is living with courage and confidence, not fear.” Penny Boldrey


“I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me.” Marco Calderon


“There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope.” Baruch Spinoza


“You can be a victim of cancer or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.” Dave Pelzer


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


“Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment — you just have to be willing to take it.” Emily Hollenberg


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


“Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it today.” Peter Kuzmic


How do you wish someone well with cancer? 

It’s hard to know what to say, but a good way to wish someone well with cancer is to let them know you are thinking of them and work out some ways that you can help or take some things ‘off their plate’.

Aside from the above inspirational quotes, here are some thoughtful and inspirational words to say to someone with cancer:

  • “You are not alone in this. We are here for you.”
  • “I am sending you all of my love and support.”
  • “You are an incredibly strong person.”
  • “You are fighting a good fight.”
  • “Cancer may have taken away some of your physical strength, but it will never take away your inner strength and resilience.”
  • “You are an inspiration to all of us.”
  • “We are rooting for you!”
  • “I am so glad you are my friend.”
  • “I will always be here for you.”
  • “You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “I wish you all the best on your journey.”
  • “May you find peace and strength in this difficult time.”


Take care.

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