In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here Are Some Moving Quotes From Real Survivors

by Sarah Brooks
Oct 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. ET

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.

1/23 :Hoda Kotb

2 /23: Melissa Etheridge

2/23 :Melissa Etheridge

3 /23: Sheryl Crow

3/23 :Sheryl Crow

4 /23: Kylie Minogue

4/23 :Kylie Minogue

5 /23: Jaclyn Smith

5/23 :Jaclyn Smith

6 /23: Betsey Johnson

6/23 :Betsey Johnson

7 /23: Ann Jillian

7/23 :Ann Jillian

8/23 :Hoda Kotb

9 /23: Melissa Bank

9/23 :Melissa Bank

10 /23: Christina Steinorth-Powell

10/23 :Christina Steinorth-Powell

11 /23: Melanie Young

11/23 :Melanie Young

12 /23: Dianna Cohen

12/23 :Dianna Cohen

13 /23: Donna W. Hill

13/23 :Donna W. Hill

14 /23: Kerry Kenna

14/23 :Kerry Kenna

15 /23: Lorraine Hutchinson

15/23 :Lorraine Hutchinson

16 /23: Brenda Jones

16/23 :Brenda Jones

17 /23: Lynn Jones

17/23 :Lynn Jones

18 /23: Tovi Riegler

18/23 :Tovi Riegler

19 /23: Edie Falco

19/23 :Edie Falco

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

20 /23: Carly Simon

20/23 :Carly Simon

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

21 /23: Christina Applegate

21/23 :Christina Applegate

Healing always starts from within.

22 /23: Giuliana Rancic

22/23 :Giuliana Rancic

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

23 /23: Breast cancer quotes

23/23 :Breast cancer quotes