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Cancer Illness Quotes


"Cancer, like any other illness, is a bore." - Alan Bennett

"Depression is a treatable medical illness like cancer and heart disease." - Judith Peacock

"Dementia is our most-feared illness, more than heart disease or cancer." - David Perlmutter

"My goal is to see that mental illness is treated like cancer." - Jane Pauley

"My illness is life itself." - William Saroyan

"Jealousy... is a mental cancer." - B C Forbes

"It's a scary word, 'cancer.'" - Alan Jackson

"We spend too much time hiding illness." - Roger Ebert

"Most illness begins with a negative mind." - Napoleon Hill

"To heal illness, begin by restoring balance." - Caroline Myss

"Illness is the proving ground of friendship." - Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"Illness makes a man a scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson

"Cinderella? Snow White? What's that? An illness?" - J K Rowling

"I think the hardest obstacle I've ever had to overcome in my life is the illness and passing of my mother to cancer." - Edwina Findley

"When you have a life-threatening illness like cancer, and you're faced with the alternative, it gives doing whatever it is you do a much sweeter taste." - Ronnie Montrose

"Literature + Illness = Illness" - Roberto Bolano

"Cancer is a word, not a sentence." - John Diamond

"There's a cancer on the presidency." - John Dean

"Capitalism is a cancer in the biosphere." - David Foreman

"Cancer isn't going to slow me down." - Ethan Zohn

"One of the pitfalls about writing about illness is that it is very easy to imagine people with cancer as either these wise-beyond-their-years creatures or these sad-eyed tragic people. And the truth is, people living with cancer are very much like people who are not living with cancer. They're every bit as funny and complex and diverse as anyone else." - John Green

"One of the pitfalls of writing about illness is that it is very easy to imagine people with cancer as either these wise, beyond-their-years creatures or else these sad-eyed, tragic people. And the truth is people living with cancer are very much like people who are not living with cancer." - John Green

"Cancer is cancer. I've got a great life if I can just stay alive." - Paul Henderson

"I don't think tongue cancer is the best cancer for an actor." - Michael Douglas

"Illness is the opposite of freedom. It makes everything impossible." - Francoise Sagan

"Illness must be considered to be as natural as health." - William Saroyan

"Illness begins with "I", Wellness begins with "we" - Sivananda

"Those who speak most of illness have illness, those who speak most of prosperity have it..etc.." - Rhonda Byrne

"Our fears are those that cause cancer and those fears operate in the regions that the drugs we use to hide our fears is the most predominate feeling. Our minds cause our inner illness for the most part." - Steven Machat

"Cancer is just a word that creates fear. Forget about that word, and let's just focus on balancing your body. All illnesses are just symptoms of imbalance. No illness can remain when your entire system is in balance." - Anita Moorjani

"If we do not allow for a rhythm of rest in our overly busy lives, illness becomes our Sabbath- our pneumonia, our cancer, our heart attack, our accidents create Sabbath for us." - Wayne Muller

"You see how even an illness can be romanticized. Tuberculosis got the treatment: Keats, the Lady of the Camellias, the foggy dew, and so on. We must make romantic literature out of cancer - can you imagine that?" - Peter Greenaway

"Every patient reacts a little differently, both biologically and psychologically. The only constant in cancer is inconstancy; the only certainty is a future of uncertainty, a truism for all of modern life but one made vivid by life-threatening illness." - Jonathan Alter

"We were never supposed to live until 40. We were built to self-destruct at 30, whether from cancer or mental illness. We're all going way beyond our expiration date." - Douglas Coupland

"If people can talk about having breast cancer, why can't people who have mental illness talk about mental illness? Until we're able to do that, we're not going to be treated with the same kind of respect for our diseases as other people." - Kay Redfield Jamison

"People should be afraid of the cancer, not the mammogram." - Nancy Reagan

"An individual doesn't get cancer, a family does." - Terry Tempest Williams

"That smile could end wars and cure cancer." - John Green

"Envy grew like a cancer, deep and invasive." - J. Lynn

"humanity is a cancer on the body of the world" - Scott Westerfeld

"Only the gospel exposes the cancer of idolatry." - Christopher J. H. Wright

"People with cancer like to wear jogging suits." - Kathy Griffin

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004." - Laura Ziskin

"I would love to start a cancer organization." - Jason Derulo

"I feel I lost my innocence to cancer." - Delta Goodrem

"Until you expose the cancer, you can't fix it." - James Mcbride

"E-mails are the cancer of modern business." - John Caudwell

"I recommend a little dose of cancer to anyone." - Jennifer Saunders

"Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer." - Clint Eastwood

"Cancer is so much bigger than a TV show." - Laura Linney

"More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer." - Sheryl Crow

"About 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a single relative with breast cancer." - Kristi Funk

"In the poem "C," the crows are associated with cancer, because I had suffered a cancer scare." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Serious is when they tell you, 'You've got cancer.' Cancer is serious, but then the rest of it is not." - Michael Douglas

"People's view of cancer will change when they have their own relationship with cancer, which everyone will, at some point." - Laura Linney

"Mental illness is a disease and organic mental illness of young kids is becoming more and more of a disease... we do need to talk about it." - Lisa Gardner

"I spent two years telling studio heads that it wasn't a cancer picture. I hate cancer pictures. I don't want to see a cancer picture. There is only one thing worth saying about cancer, and that is that there are human beings in cancer wards." - James L Brooks

"Physical activity within four hours of bedtime and illness can also cause this type of insomnia." - Alistair Sinclair

"Depression is very bad illness. This will be the toughest fight of my life." - Ricky Hatton

"Wellness is cheaper than illness. It costs us time and money when children get sick." - Thomas Carper

"I take medication every day for mental illness and depression and don't feel bad about it." - Lady Gaga

"Some of my earlier songs are kind of more about mental illness." - Andrew Bird

"If many remedies are prescribed for an illness you can be sure it has no cure" - Anton Chekhov

"Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent" - Elizabeth Wurtzel

"A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness." - George W Bush

"Another person's illness is often harder to bear than one's own." - Iris Murdoch

"The family unit is the institution for the systematic production of mental illness." - Ashley Montagu

"Unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life are not signs of mental illness, but of growing intelligence." - Ken Wilber

"I think that most of us instinctively avoid people with mental illness." - Brian Lindstrom

"Illness is merely the bitter, which a wise Providence mingles in the cup of life." - James Holman

"Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation." - Thomas Aquinas

"Really, becoming a writer sounds more like a mental illness than a professional choice." - Shannon Hale

"People, unprotected by their roles, become isolated in beauty and intellect and illness and confusion." - Richard Avedon

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S Cobb

"Like any mum, I fear some mysterious illness befalling my children." - Cate Blanchett

"This loss of self contributes to illness in its myriad forms." - Sidney Jourard

"We cause our diseases. We are directly responsible for any illness that happens to us." - Michael Crichton

"The denial of suffering is, in fact a better definition of illness than its acceptance." - M Scott Peck

"But in AIA, Anna decides that being a person with cancer who starts a cancer charity is a bit narcissistic, so she starts a charity called The Anna Foundation for People with cancer Who Want to Cure Cholera." - John Green

"Risk reduction for BRCA2 carriers includes taking tamoxifen. Removing ovaries prior to age 40 drops breast cancer risk in half. Ovarian cancer surveillance is unfortunately inadequate at early detection, but birth control pills reduce ovarian cancer incidence up to 60%." - Kristi Funk

"Having cancer empowered me to take more risks. I knew beating cancer was going to shape me, but it wasnt going to be all of me." - Hoda Kotb

"My younger sister Debby had died of cancer, which started me writing - the sense of life being short. Cancer focuses your mind." - Meg Rosoff

"The most famous rumor for me is that I had throat cancer. I never had throat cancer... I don't know why that started... The way I sing, probably." - Bob Seger

"We're going to raise a lot of money for cancer awareness, give some to the American Cancer Society and hopefully make a big difference." - Ll Cool J

"Cancer's life is a recapitulation of the body's life, its existence a pathological mirror of our own. Susan Sontag warned against overburdening an illness with metaphors. But this is not a metaphor. Down to their innate molecular core, cancer cells are hyperactive, survival-endowed, scrappy, fecund, inventive copies of ourselves." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"I think that we're making a mistake if we don't see that there is a cultural basis to many illnesses, not just psychiatric ones. Breast cancer would be one prevalent example right now, different kind of cultures surrounding it. If you don't understand the cultural meaning of an illness like that you're going to miss the boat even if you're a great scientist." - Jonathan Michel Metzl

"Sometimes, when I talk to someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer or some other illness, I'll remind them: "If you were honest with yourself, you were depressed before this happened. And if this were over you would be happy for a couple of weeks, a couple of months, and then something else would come along."" - Marianne Williamson

"People who are in a position of finding out that they're at risk for some illness, whether it's breast cancer, or heart disease, are afraid to get that information - even though it might be useful to them - because of fears that they'll lose their health insurance or their job." - Francis Collins

"My mother had never had a day's illness in her life and never thought to have checks. Then, at 78, she discovered she had breast cancer and passed away the next year. But if she'd had a check two years before, they could have done something about it, they could have saved her." - Rick Wakeman

"I've been to enough other countries in the world to know what happens when you have socialized single-payer health care. It works. People don't get sick as much. They don't lose their life savings with a catastrophic illness like cancer or AIDS." - Jello Biafra

"When you have a diagnosis of cancer, or any serious illness, your choices are basically to be passive and kind of accept whatever is offered you, or to be active and to learn about your disease, and understand your options, and be an active partner with your doctor. That's the course I took with all three of my cancers." - Hamilton Jordan

"I get Tweets every day from people telling me that 'Hey, I'm going to overcome my injury or my illness. Cancer. Different diseases. I can beat it because Adrian Peterson showed me the determination and the willpower to be able to prosper and get through adversity whenever it comes.'" - Adrian Peterson

"My family and friends were definitely the key to my recovery. One thing that I do suggest is that anyone dealing with a life-threatening illness like cancer choose a point person for people to call to find out how you are doing - a sister, brother, mother, father, daughter, son, or close friend." - Olivia Newtonjohn

"When you go through a long illness, certainly one of cancer, there's a certain release from it and relief that it has come to an end, because the suffering can be unbearable, as opposed to an abrupt stop to life when they go out the door and there's a loved one who never comes home because of some accident." - Pierce Brosnan

"I wanted to explore cancer not just biologically, but metaphorically. The idea that tuberculosis in the 19th century possessed the same kind of frightening and decaying quality was very interesting to me, and it seemed that one could explore the idea that every age defined its own illness." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"I began wondering, can one really write a biography of an illness? But I found myself thinking of cancer as this character that has lived for 4,000 years, and I wanted to know what was its birth, what is its mind, its personality, its psyche?" - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary." - Nelson Mandela

"Cancer did not bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet." - Michael Douglas

"A cancer is not only a physical disease, it is a state of mind." - Bill Vaughan

"Skin cancer became personal to my family when my father was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma," - Landon Donovan

"Now I'm being blamed not only for anorexia but for lung cancer." - Kate Moss

"The failure to think positively can weigh on a cancer patient like a second disease." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"She had breast cancer. No one said she shouldn't run for governor." - Jodi Rell

"I'm a Cancer, which means I'm maternal and emotional. So in relationships I'm screwed." - Lindsay Lohan

"Like an animal, cancer sleeps, prowls, hibernates, turns surly or placid." - Marni Jackson

"Cancer don't respect nothing." - David Chase

"The Jews are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment." - Hassan Nasrallah

"I don't rock for Cancer. I rock for cash, and the topless dancers." - Kid Rock

"Nature is that lovely lady to whom we owe polio, leprosy, smallpox, syphilis, tuberculosis, cancer." - Stanley Norman Cohen

"He who seeks to imbitter innocent pleasure has a cancer in his heart." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"Cancer is everybody's cause." - Laura Ziskin

"I'm a Cancer; I'm music passionate. I like long walks on the beach." - Will Ferrell

"I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'" - Angelina Jolie

"The most surprising fact that people do not know about breast cancer is that about 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a single relative with breast cancer. Much more than just family history and inherited genes factor into the breast cancer equation." - Kristi Funk

"Guns kill more teenagers than the other big killers - heart disease, cancer, and AIDS - combined." - Joycelyn Elders

"I thought I knew what fear was, until I heard the words 'You have cancer'." - Lance Armstrong

"Cancer is manageable. That if you deprive cancer of what it wants, by proper nutrition, avoiding toxins, avoiding chemicals and pharmaceuticals, sleeping well, eliminating stress, and balancing hormones with natural bioidentical hormones, you have a real shot at keeping your cancer at bay. In this way, you are managing your cancer." - Suzanne Somers

"I'm in my 60s, and a cancer scare just makes you more aware of mortality." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"People just don't know that you can have colon cancer and be completely asymptomatic and healthy." - Julie Gerberding

"The American Cancer Society has done the American public a really great disservice." - David Baltimore

"Cancer is always funny." - Jim Gaffigan

"There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer." - Bill Gates

"I've helped many, many, many children, thousands of children, cancer kids, leukemia kids." - Michael Jackson

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." - Edward Abbey

"Cancer is very chaotic." - Kris Carr

"I used to get stressed out, but my cancer has put everything into perspective." - Delta Goodrem

"I don't eat fast food any more, not since I got cancer." - Paul Henderson

"I think having the cancer allowed me to be able to freely talk about my faith." - Paul Henderson

"Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Skin cancer became personal to my family when my father was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma." - Landon Donovan

"The thing with cancer is that you want to get it as early as you can." - Michael Douglas

"Since cancer, I feel like I have dreams rather than ambitions, visions rather than plans." - Eve Ensler

"I'm one of those people that will say, 'My cancer was a gift.'" - Melissa Etheridge

"I'm allergic to the word 'important' in film and theatre. Cancer research is important." - Robert Sean Leonard

"Cancer is the great equalizer. Everyone is affected by it either themselves or through loved ones." - Andrew Lo

"Whether you are rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, young or old, cancer knows no boundaries." - Sylvie Meis

"Cancer is a scary thing and you have to deal with it seriously." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Dense overgrown forests and rangelands have grown like a cancer. They need to be treated." - Gale Norton

"Cancer does not discriminate." - Kellie Pickler

"On Dec. 10, 2000, I learned I was free of cancer." - Marissa Jaret Winokur

"It is so important to talk about your cancer and the feelings you have about it." - Mindy Sterling

"Whenever women struggle with breast cancer and face better care than ever, that's feminism." - Bell Hooks

"Two of my favourite books are Henry Miller's 'Tropic of Cancer' and 'Tropic of Capricorn.'" - Lydia Lunch

"Tobacco, UV rays, viruses, heredity, and age are the main causes of cancer." - Harold E Varmus

"I make myself have energy. It's stubbornness in the face of cancer." - Stuart Scott

"I feel like I've lost 10 years of my life to cancer." - Sam Taylor-Wood

"Fear is a question What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them." - Marilyn Ferguson

"I assume that to prevent illness in later life, you should never have been born at all." - George Bernard Shaw

"Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey." - Marcel Proust

"Daily exercise is an insurance policy against future illness. The best Leaders Without Titles are the fittest." - Robin S. Sharma



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