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Honor National Cancer Survivors Day With 18 Powerful Quotes from Real Survivors

I'm Sarah - wife to my amazing husband, John, and mom to two little girls, Cami and Maisie.  I used to work in the finance industry before having my daughters, and now I'm a freelance personal finance writer and blogger.  I love being wi...

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Putting life in perspective

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Putting life in perspective

National Cancer Survivors Day is June 4 and we're celebrating with the wise words of theses badass breast cancer warriors. 

Get inspired by what these women have to say about what it feels like to fight — and win — on this day that is meant to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.

 Originally published October 2015. Updated June 2017.

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Melissa Etheridge

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Melissa Etheridge

Fear takes on a new meaning.

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Sheryl Crow

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Sheryl Crow

 Women have to take control of their bodies.

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Kylie Minogue

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Kylie Minogue

Even when it feels like you have nothing, you have yourself and your strength.

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Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith

Realizing that change doesn't have to be negative.

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Betsey Johnson

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Betsey Johnson

You can't forget about the little indulgences that make you happy, no matter how frivolous they feel. 

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Ann Jillian

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Ann Jillian

Encouraging others to be proactive.

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Hoda Kotb

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Hoda Kotb

Surround yourself with people who give you strength, not pity.

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Melissa Bank

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Melissa Bank

No matter how you slice the cake, cancer makes you stronger through a million weaker moments.

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Christina Steinorth-Powell

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Christina Steinorth-Powell

Listen to your body, as we are reminded by 10-year breast cancer survivor Christina Steinorth-Powell.

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Melanie Young

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Melanie Young

Five-year breast cancer survivor Melanie Young reminds women to find the opportunity in everything.

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Dianna Cohen

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Dianna Cohen

Dreams shouldn't die with or without cancer.

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Donna W. Hill

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Donna W. Hill

Donna W. Hill, 23-year breast cancer survivor, makes a great point. No one can predict the future.

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Kerry Kenna

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Kerry Kenna

Kerry Kenna, who has collaborated with the BC5 Project, speaks on making empowered medical decisions.

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Lorraine Hutchinson

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Lorraine Hutchinson

Lorraine Hutchinson, 2014 Susan G. Komen Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor, also sees the silver lining.

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Brenda Jones

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Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones, six-year survivor and designer of Hug Wraps, wants every woman to know her strength.

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Lynn Jones

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Lynn Jones

Lynn Jones, four-year breast cancer survivor, gives powerful words of encouragement. 

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Tovi Riegler

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Tovi Riegler

Tovi Riegler, cocreator of CureDiva.

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Edie Falco

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Edie Falco

If there's any time to practice self-care, it's now.

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Carly Simon

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Carly Simon

That moment when you dig deep and find out you're capable of more than you ever imagined.

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Christina Applegate

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Christina Applegate

Healing always starts from within.

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Giuliana Rancic

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Giuliana Rancic

Even after the fight of your life, there's a silver lining.

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Breast cancer quotes

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Breast cancer quotes

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