Best of Cancerwise 2016: 10 inspiring quotes from our patients and caregivers

When you’re facing cancer, a mantra may help you stay focused and hopeful. And often, the best mantra for your journey comes from someone else who’s been there. This past year, dozens of MD Anderson patients and caregivers shared inspiring mantras and words of wisdom here on our Cancerwise blog. Here are 10 of their most inspiring quotes. We hope you’ll find at least one that speaks to you regardless of where you are on your cancer journey. "Live big and love big. Look for the joys amongst the sadness." — Lauren Richards, Caregiver "I was never promised how or when I would depart this world, but every day I do have the choice to make it a good day." — Dean Hawkins, Survivor "Have fun on the good days, and on the bad days; know there is a better tomorrow." — Nicole Chang, Survivor  "I’m living my life in spite of you, Cancer." — Marisa Suter, Survivor “We try really hard not to stress about what might come because that robs your joy of today. Today, we can choose joy.” — Scott Ferguson, Caregiver “Cherish what’s important to you, and share with others whatever mercy and kindness you are shown.” — Christopher Larkins, Survivor  "Remember what helped you and pay it forward.” — Ivanna Kern, Survivor  “Fight like hell! And keep fighting because the journey doesn’t end — it just changes.” — Jaymee Fiskum, Survivor "Cancer takes your mind and body on a roller coaster ride, and there’s no reason to try and be a hero. If something is wrong, speak up." — Damion Smith, Survivor "We are not alone in this fight...