Best of Cancerwise 2017: 11 inspiring quotes from our patients and caregivers

Many cancer patients have mantras — or inspiring sayings — that they
do their best to live by. Some are reminders that good things can come
even out of bad situations, while others provide hope and
encouragement when the going gets tough.

Here are some of the most inspiring mantras our patients and their
caregivers have shared with us on our Cancerwise blog over the past
year. We hope at least one of them will speak to you, too.

“Cancer doesn’t have to define you.”
Nelda Blair, anal cancer survivor

“Every day is a chance to create a memory and to love a little
Jessi Hooks, melanoma survivor

“Don’t give up. Every day is worth it.”
Hashmat Effendi, breast cancer survivor

"Difficult roads can lead to beautiful
Kia Wynn, oral cancer survivor

"There’s always hope beyond what you see."
Cora Connor, kidney cancer caregiver

"It’s possible not just to survive, but to thrive and to live a
healthy, wonderful life again."
Erika Evans, leukemia survivor

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to
Leslie Medley-Russell, ovarian cancer survivor

"Cancer is like a teeter-totter. Sometimes you gotta go down to
go back up."
John Kennedy, colon cancer survivor

"Being positive is the best medicine you can take."
Maggie Howard, sarcoma survivor

"Enjoy every day without worrying about the next."

Diego Zamora, pancreatic cancer survivor

"Don’t pass up the cherry pie."
Eddie Yarmer, myelofibrosis survivor

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