20 Breast Cancer Quotes to Inspire Love & Hope

20 Breast Cancer Quotes to Inspire Love & Hope

Dana Donofree
3 min read

20 Breast Cancer Quotes to Inspire Love & Hope

According to  The American Cancer Society, more than 3.8 million women in the United States have a history of breast cancer and 1 in 8 will develop it in their lifetime. Nearly everyone you meet will know someone who has battled the disease. Each person’s breast cancer story is different, which is why we aim to share the stories of those we meet. This is a great way to spread awareness and show that there is hope. Whether you’ve been diagnosed or are caring for someone who was, these breast cancer quotes will inspire and motivate you to spread positivity. 

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

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

3. “She believed she could so she did." R.S. Grey



    4. “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

    5. “My diagnosis flung me into despair until it hit me: I’m alive.” – Dana Dinerman

    6. “When fear knocks, let faith answer the door.” – Robin Roberts

    7. "My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life." - Olivia Newton-John


    8. "Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings."- Ralph Blum

    9. "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

    10. "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” - Unknown

    11. "Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.” - Tanya Masse

    12. “Tears are the sweat of champions.” - Matshona Dhliwayo

    13. “Cancer is WAY too serious to be taken seriously all the time.” - Tanya Masse

    14. “I laughed more in the hospital than I ever have in my life, making fun of all the weird things that were happening to me.” - Christina Applegate

    15. "I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.” - Angelina Jolie

    Editor’s Note: This quote is especially important to all of our previvors out there. Making the decision to have a preventative mastectomy is not a light one, and you are still part of our community. We are here to support you every step of the way. 

      16. “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” —Maya Angelou

      17. “You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.” —Diana Ross

      18. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” —Angela Davis


        19. “Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.” —Ralph Ellison

        20. “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch what makes you go beyond the norm.” —Cicely Tyson

          We couldn’t end without a quote from our very own founder of AnaOno, Dana Donofree, “You don’t have to do this alone. Asking for help is part of the story.” 

          Breast cancer turns your world upside down. It’s never in anyone’s life plan, yet when diagnosed, we’re given no choice but to face it head-on. These inspirational quotes are a powerful reminder that you have the love, support, and encouragement to fight. If you’re looking for what to say to someone who was recently diagnosed, check out our post,  What to Say to Someone with Cancer.
          Dana Donofree
          Dana Donofree

          Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.