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Old 11-21-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Collection of Quotes that Relate to the Cancer Journey

"Being diagnosed of cancer comes with a lot of uncertainties. It comes with a baggage that is bound to test your very character. Cancer is not the end of your life; it actually marks a new beginning. You should not let this disease rule over your life. It has to be fought, not feared. It can be handled and it can be battled with. Many people have done it, many people have survived it, and so can you...you are not alone in this fight."

---Unknown author

Pink Responsibility: We are aware. We need a cure.

“I will live a hope-filled life every day. I will handle my problems as opportunities in a different, more effective manner, based on the power of advanced mathematics; “You + God = Enough”
–Zig Ziglar
...even MORE than enough...

“I hate the term ‘cancer victim’. It somehow implies cancer is the victor. It wins; we lose… While we can do little to choose whether we get cancer, we can do a lot to choose whether we are it’s victims. I don’t just mean whether we live or die. I mean how cancer affects us in the deepest parts of who we are. I believe cancer cannot conquer our spirit unless we choose to become victims .”
From the excellent book, “When God and Cancer Meet” by Lynn Eib

"They told me I had Stage 4 breast cancer.
They told me there was little hope.
They clearly don't know me."
--Bridget Spense (who is still fighting 7 years later)
--From Oct 2012 Prevention Magazine

"Don't tell God how big your cancer is instead tell your cancer how big your God is"

"Impossible is a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is an opinion, not a fact. Impossible isn't a declaration, it's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."

--David Beckham in Kris Carr's Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips

War Strategies That Can Apply to Fighting Cancer

1. “Wars are fought strategically. one battle at a time.
2 . Wars are fought on more than one front.
3. We must expect setbacks and defeats along the way.
4. When we lose a battle, we must get back on track immediately, so we don’t lose the war.
5. We will not win if we refuse to fight.”
——Carole Lewis

"If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk.
If you can't walk, then crawl.
But no matter what, just keep moving forward."

---Unknown Author

"Believe That Life Is Worth Living, And Your Belief Will Help Create The Fact" By William James

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

“If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.”
– Eric Bentley

"When a thought of anxiety comes knocking on the door of your mind you must refuse it entrance. If you invite it in, it will have dinner with you, and if it has dinner with you it will quickly move in and want to spend the night."

"My Cancer Journey Has Never Defined Who I am, It’s Just Another Chapter in My Story."

“Live every day like its your last . . . one day you’ll be right.”

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Have you surrendered to despair because of your past or the inevitable situations in your life? Stop it! The greatest days of your life are before you. The past is over. Stop living life looking in the rear view mirror. Look forward. Press on! The best is yet to be, God never consults your past to determine your future.”–Hagee

"Cancer is a word, not a sentence."

Women agonize over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast. Martha Weinman Lear quotes

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand"

Woodrow Wilson

"I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. " Nelson Mandela

HOPE is the thing

with feathers,

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune

Without the words,

And never stops at all.
~ Emily Dickenson ~

"A hero does not have to win. A hero does not have to be larger than life. A hero can be an ordinary person who overcomes extraordinary events with dignity and grace."

Robert Holden


Sometimes we stare so long at our balloon in the sky we forget our ice cream is melting on our plate.

Enjoy your ice cream...................

Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.
--Benjamin Franklin


You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
C. S. Lewis

"I Cry But I Do Not Get Depressed" By S. Sambandam


" There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with."
Harry Crews

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
William James

I have learned from experience that
the greater part of our happiness or misery
depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." Elizabeth Kubler Ross



"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~Jim Rohn


Roger Bannister Broke The Four-minute Mile Record
On May 6, 1954. It Had Been Deemed An Impossible Feat.

The Record Was Broken Again On June 21, 1954 And Upon Knowing That It Was No Longer Impossible, 3 Years Later, 16 Other Runners Also Cracked The Four-
Minute Mile.



ee cummings

"Beware what you read in medical books, you might die of a misprint..."

"Cancer Is So Limited, It Cannot Corrode Faith, It Cannot Shatter Hope, It Cannot Kill Friendships, It Cannot Cripple Love, It Cannot Destroy Peace, It Cannot Silence Courage, It Cannot Suppress Memories, It Cannot Conquer The Spirit" By Unknown Author

"When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, FAITH is knowing that one of two things shall happen:
Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or You will be taught how to fly"

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible. " ~Christopher Reeve

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

Here's a thought from Andi's sig line that I like and have quoted as a part of my running-list arsenal of "Cancer Fightin' Words" in my blog http://jpoliver.com/wordpress/archives/688


Nothing is a mistake. Well the docs' prognoses were -- ill-informed. I chose to survive, despite the dismal stats.
To dance with predetermination. To alter my outcome.
And you can quote me on this... --Andi

“You can choose to lift up your eyes to the heavens, pour out your tears, grief and anger and say “God, I have no clue what this is all about or where it is leading, but I resolve to trust You and praise You with all of my heart, unconditionally. (David Jerimiah)

"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation-some fact of my life unacceptable to me and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake."

"Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the circumstances and health of His children in order to accomplish them."

"Don't look back. You're not going that way"

“Sometimes on the Rock I tremble
Weak of heart and faint of knee,
But the Steadfast Rock of Ages
Never trembles under me.”

"My response is my responsibility".
"...It's like a universal phrase covering a multitude of situations
and relationships, don't you agree? I see it easily be applied to traffic and road-rage. I see it fitting parent/child interactions. I see it applying to rude people's comments in grocery stores, being cut off in line....
Lately, I find myself thinking of it when I am faced with a defiant
child's attitude. I think of it when I have been up all night and do
not "feel" like being a gracious wife or mother, do not feel like
cooking a warm breakfast. I think of it when I come home to a messy house and I'm tired and I just want to go to bed. I think of it in respect to family situations. It doesn't matter if I have asked one of the kids to be quiet twelve times when their younger siblings are napping... It doesn't matter if I feel loaded with housework and childcare and my spouse is chilling
on the couch.... Whatever the situation, my response is my

By Charles Swindoll

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of
attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past, than
education, than money, than circumstances, than
failures, than successes, than what other people think
or say or do. It is more important than appearance,
giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a
company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is
we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we
will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past... we cannot change the fact that people will act
in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is
10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And
so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."

Photo taken at a Relay For Life event by a friend of mine.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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good post. I believe strongly in attitude.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thank you for these!
Dx Nov 2010 at age 65 - 3.5 cm invasive ductal, 8 of 15 nodes. ER-,PR-, HER+++. Lumpectomy, chemo, 6 weeks rads, 52 weeks herceptin finished April 2012.
CAT,PET, bone scan, ultrasound and mammogram in Spring 2012 - NED.
Cherishing every day, but realistically "watching my back" (or should I say "front"?
Eating foods thought to fight cancer, exercising every other day,using my garden as my mecca of peace, and loving my supportive husband more than ever.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:07 AM   #4
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"Breast cancer is a CALL TO ACTION. Once a woman learns she has cancer, she needs to assemble a team to help her forage her way through the journey ahead. It can help to think of this as an expedition that requires a team of experts and a team of travel companions."--By Sally Knox M.D. in "The Breast Cancer Care" Book

Every pilot needs a co-pilot and let me tell you, it is awful nice to have someone sitting there beside you, especially when you hit some bumpy air. Eric Wald

“Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. Wherever there’s a heart big with sorrow. Or a lip quivering with agony. Or a deep groan of sadness, the heart of God is open.” Charles Spurgeon

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"Pink ribbon culture has been successful in convincing the public to “celebrate breast cancer awareness” to such a degree that the celebration has taken on a life of its own. A person can shop for the cure, laugh for the cure, drink pinktinis for the cure, listen to music for the cure, test-drive a BMW for the cure, watch a porn site for the cure. While all of these activities may leave consumers feeling as though they’ve done something meaningful, such campaigns lack transparency and consumers are usually giving only pennies on the dollar to breast cancer initiatives and in some unscrupulous cases, none at all. Conversely, there are those that feel “any money is good money” and are indifferent to money being donated by companies that may have dubious ties to breast cancer risk factors or that exploit women and sexualize a serious disease." ----- Gayle Sulik
"Cancer has a nasty habit of taking things away from people--things like hair and strength and jobs and time. Sometimes it takes them away for a short time and sometimes it takes them away permanently. Cancer may have already taken something from you. But this is not a story about what cancer takes. It's aboout what it can give back...." --- Lynn Eib in "When God and Cancer Meet: True Stories of Hope and Healing" I love this author. Her books have been a tremendous blessing to me this year. The only one I haven't read yet is "50 Days of Hope" which I'm asking for for Christmas. If you are interested, here is a good resource for new and used books that are available (hit the compare price button):



"Progress has been slow and public perception skewed, the National
Breast Cancer Coalition said in its annual report on the disease this
fall. “Given the attention and resources directed to breast cancer,
the public understandably believes that we have made significant
progress,” the report said. But “we know little about how to prevent
breast cancer or how to prevent deaths from the disease.”

"We get sidetracked by efforts to focus on getting every woman a mammogram.”


"...And "cancer as gift?" We won't go there. If cancer's a gift my
friend Katie Ford Hall said, "then I'm demanding a refund." Stop by
customer service, thank you very much.

"Acceptance is the middle ground. Acceptance is pragmatic and
realistic, it means that cancer (or any threatening illness) is
something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.
Acceptance, though stark, frees you. It empowers you to take positive
steps to address your diagnosis, from seeking a second opinion, to
making lifestyle changes after treatment. It means that you live with
the knowledge cancer could return without living in fear of that
happening. Sometimes I tell friends, as if to remind them, "you don't
have cancer today." Acceptance helps keep our feet on the ground.

"Accepting cancer in your life doesn't equate to being at peace with
it; and it doesn't mean that grief is bypassed since few things in
life, other than a ruler, are linear. You can accept your diagnosis
and be actively mourning the loss of safety and certainly your family
is experiencing. Lost time hurts. Acceptance demands that we look at
the problem, rather than away. At it's simplest it is life on life's

That's where I am right now: life on life's terms."

---Jodi http://womenwcancer.blogspot.com/201....html?spref=fb

"The calendar comes back to it each year. The day she found out about her breast cancer."

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"Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring a lunch, 'cause it's gonna have a long day doing it."
-- Jim Beaver, Life's That Way: A Memoir
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Paul O,
Thank you for sharing these inspirations - I am so grateful for a positive uplift. I love the ripple effect. When I read this it helps me to pass it on. And if I am lucky, that next loved one in my life will pass it on. And so it goes. You are skipping some stones. I am the lucky recipient of a ripple. Blessings back to you.
Love and Hugs,
Kim (from CT)
2001 - Stage 0, lumpectomy, radiation, tamoxifen

2004 - Stage 4, mets to 4 lobes of lungs and liver, lumpectomy, er/pr -, her2 neu+++, Herceptin and Navelbine then Herceptin only.

2005 - Breast Ca vaccinations with the Tumor Vaccine Group in Seattle

2011 - Still Herceptin only and NED

2011, June - STOPPED Herceptin and kicked up my heels!

2012, February - 1 small tumor came back to haunt me in my lungs - back on Herceptin only, tumor stable.

2015, November - tumor on lungs removed (Segmentectomy), back on Herceptin only, waiting for re-enroll in U of W vaccine clinical trial for "booster".
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Hey Kim from beautiful CT where I grew up,

I'm glad you like the quotes too and they were uplifting to you, especially in your sadness over the recent loss of your dear friend KrisVell. Your post was lovely. Thanks for sharing your heart along with the news.

There is a thread of inspiring quotes about a bunch of topics in the
"Keeping Your Mind Off of BC
Fun things and posts that do NOT apply to BC" section that lots of people have contributed to over the years. I pulled the ones that relate to the cancer journey, added some of my favorites, and put them here for folks to enjoy and add to.

Anybody else have additional quotes that relate to the cancer journey they's like to share?

Here's another:
"I have lived, laughed, loved and lost.
I have cried, mourned and grieved,
hoped, prayed, and healed.
I have found strength and true beauty.
I am a survivor." (Unknown)

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Becky's sig line:

Said Christopher Robin to Pooh: "You must remember this: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think"
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"When you have my illness, thoughts cross your mind like shadows: "Is this my last Thanksgiving?" You have to push those thoughts away because they will crowd out the reason for the day. It doesn't matter if I am here next year, all that matters is that I am here now."
--CoolBreeze Ann, Thanksgiving 2012
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Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -
it's what you do with what you have left.
Hubert Humphrey
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Some words of wisdom from our ranks:

Bonnie's advice:
"Keep the faith."

Elaine's sig line:

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." author unknown
Shared by a multiple myeloma survivor.

LuckyLinda's sig line:
From: It's Not About the Hair:
"The hope for healing is not born out of a fear of death, but a love of life.This is a very good thing. When people love life more than they fear death, they come to treatment with open hands, open hearts, open eyes.When people fear death more than they love life, they are clinging and clutching and grasping."

Jackie's sig line:


"Advocacy is a passion .. not a pastime" - Joe

NEDenise's sig line:
“ Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you, and you alone, to decide. ” – Cavett Robert
*Hmmm...shouldn't I be polished to a nice, glossy shine right about now? Seriously!

Penny's sig line:
...but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Mary Jo's sig line:

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Sheila's sig line:
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle."

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There’s no need for me and God to stay up all night. God will be awake anyway so I need to go to bed and get a good sleep. (Psalm 121:3-4)
--David Jeremiah

“Enjoy Life Now. It Has an Expiration Date.”
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Never give up. Ever, ever, ever.

...and be sure to give and receive plenty of hugs.
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"A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event. Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity. They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label...
Survivors cultivate an essence that will never be victim to a word."
-- Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips

“Today, will I surrender my fears, my future, my what ifs, my life to the God of the heavens? The sovereign one with whom there are no accidents. With whom truth gives way, shining its light on the very core of my fears. With whom His very Word, that which we can hold in our fingertips, and take into the inner places of our beings…..brings hope, love, truth, comfort, encouragement, courage, forgiveness, healing, strength and endurance…and the ability to surrender to Him.” By Stacy at http://hiswaynotmine.blogspot.com/
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“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that the hardships in her life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

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True for war and stage 4 cancer - "Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more." - General George S. Patton

- Penny
...but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)


July 2010 IDC grade 3 stage 3 er-/pr-/her2+++, BRCA2
Skin mets 11/10
1/12/11 Surgery path - complete response
Rads 2/11-4/11
Liver mets 11/11 now stage IV
Xeloda & Tykerb 12/11
Allergic reaction to Tykerb 12/11
Xeloda only 12/11
Added herceptin January 2012
Progression February 2012.
Started Veliparib (parp inhibitor) trial 3/5/12.
4/30/12 Liver met shrunk in half! Praise Jesus!
6/18/12 another 25% shrinkage, down to @3x3. Thank you, God!
8/8/12 Brain MRI - clear! Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!
8/27/12 Thank You, God - another 20% decrease in liver met! Now @ 3.2x1.9.
10/5/12 stable-ish
11/21/12 allergic reaction to carboplatin
12/10/12 stable & progression
12/31/12 liver ablation
2/6/13 ablation successful but new tiny mets in liver. May or not be cancer.
Another ablation scheduled 2/28/13. Cancelled.
2/20/13 started taxotere & herceptin. Pretty toxic. Oncologist says start tdm1 4/3/13. From her lips to God's ears. Praying for no allergic reactions/adverse side effects.
3/28/13 increase in liver mets - number & size
4/3/13 started TDM1
6/25/13 Praise God! Scan shows only one viable lesion and it's smaller.
10/8/13 MRI shows 1 large and two small tumors.
10/11/13 Ablation of tumors. It's in God's Hands.
10/23/13 Jesus and TDM1
12/19/13 Started trial of palbociclib & herceptin after scan showed growth of liver tumor and a questionable spot on rib.
2/6/14 CT scan - previous suspicious spot on rib probably damage from radiation - Praise God! MRI - over 200% growth in cancer in liver.
2/19/14 started Navelbine, Perjeta, & Herceptin combo.
5/2-5/4/14 hospitalized with very high liver function numbers, plus skin and eyes are yellow, plus urine is orange. Feel ok, so doctor not sure if liver failing due to cancer, chemo, or infection. Hospital gets numbers to go down and sends me home. MRI done in hospital reveals cancer shrinking - praise God!
5/6/14 - 5/8/14 hospitalized with no white blood cell count. Released when they go back up, @ 6 days after doctor gave me a neulasta shot.
5/16/14 - informed blood cultures done in hospital are back and that I contracted hepatitis e. Have to take ribavirin (anti-hep med) until liver function numbers are back to "normal" before re-starting chemo. Will probably go on veliparib and temodar this time.
5/26/14 - my birthday - GI doctor informed me that the hepatitis e was completely gone - I didn't even need the anti-viral meds! This is a miracle from God!
5/28/14 - started veliparib and temodar (compassionate use)
8/18/14 MRI shows 90% growth in liver tumors
8/20/14 start Perjeta, Herceptin, & Navelbine. Thanking & giving Glory to God for each moment.
9/22/14 - 9/24/14 Hospitalized with 102.2 fever and neutropenia
11/13/14 ER for high fever and fast heart rate. Got both down with IV antibiotic and fluids. Sent home same night. Thank You, Lord!
12/2/14 MRI shows progression in liver. Grateful to God that I still feel good.
12/11/14 Simulated SIR-spheres. Successful. Real thing (1st lobe) scheduled for the 23rd. Also starting Xeloda on 22nd for 2 weeks because it's synergistic with the spheres.
12/23/14 SIR-spheres in left lobe of liver. On Xeloda 12/22/14 - 1/4/15.
1/7/15 Receiving Perjeta & Herceptin while awaiting next course of action.
2/9/15 SIR-spheres in right lobe of liver. On Xeloda for 2 weeks (started 2/8). Still on Perjeta & Herceptin. Don't know what's next for me. :-)
3/25/15 Final read on MRI report - there are new and multiple lesions in both lobes of liver. Sigh. Praise God I've made it this far!
4/1/15 Started Gemzar & Herceptin. 1st week G&H, 2nd week G only, 3rd week off. Thank You, Lord, for this option.
4/15/15 Labcorp - liver enzymes in 200's. Appointment 4/22 with oncologist to discuss. Also, "radiation recall" in previously treated area? Very itchy. Need to discuss.
4/22/15 Enzymes came down. Received reduced dose of Gemzar only. No herceptin. Will get labs at lapcorp next two weeks since taking break for vacation purposes. Treat radiation area.
5/9/15 ER for severe abdominal pain. Constipation. Sent home with meds and advice to follow up with oncologist regarding jaundice and bilirubin.
5/11/15 Hospitalized for rising bilirubin and jaundice. CT scan reveals larger and more constricting tumors in liver.
5/13/15 Met with my oncologist. Bilirubin came down. If still down by Monday, I'll get chemo. If not, than I guess I'll see you all in Heaven. Praise God. Please pray, pray, pray.
5/18/15 Bilirubin jumped up. Trying lowered dose of Ixempra, with Herceptin. Oncologist is surprised that I'm functioning so well, given the high bilirubin. I have anywhere from 2 weeks - 2 months to live.
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Re: Collection of Quotes that Relate to the Cancer Journey

"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful."
---Elizabeth Edwards

Candlegranny's sig line:

"Don't spend your time worrying about when or how you are going to die, spend your time figuring out how you are going to live today". ~Elizabeth Edwards.


"I heard elsewhere.... "Yes, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, but at least I wouldn't be dragged behind it for 5 years."

There are people who go through treatment and then never recur. So I guess they are cured. Problem is, right now, no one knows who will recur and who won't. "

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