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In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here Are Some Moving 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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From the mouths of breast cancer survivors

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From the mouths of breast cancer survivors

On Sept. 28, beloved actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced via Instagram that she has breast cancer.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one," Louis-Dreyfus wrote in her announcement, following up with a positive message about being surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends to help her through her battle. The timing of her statement seems alarmingly apropos, considering just days later Breast Cancer Awareness Month began on Oct. 1.

We're proud to honor the month because awareness can help save lives and fuel the work behind a cure — and we're celebrating with the wise words of some badass breast cancer warriors. The words from brave women provide support for the newly diagnosed, and ring true with a lot of people who have gone through the same thing. 

Get inspired by what these women have to say about what it feels like to fight — and win.

Originally published October 2015. Updated October 2017.

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Hoda Kotb

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Learning to face scary situations.

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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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Tovi Riegler

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Tovi Riegler

Tovi Riegler, cocreator of CureDiva.

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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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