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
22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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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

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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1/23 :Hoda Kotb


2 /23: Melissa Etheridge

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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2/23 :Melissa Etheridge


3 /23: Sheryl Crow

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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3/23 :Sheryl Crow


4 /23: Kylie Minogue

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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4/23 :Kylie Minogue


5 /23: Jaclyn Smith

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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5/23 :Jaclyn Smith


6 /23: Betsey Johnson

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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6/23 :Betsey Johnson


7 /23: Ann Jillian

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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7/23 :Ann Jillian


8 /23: Hoda Kotb

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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8/23 :Hoda Kotb


9 /23: Melissa Bank

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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9/23 :Melissa Bank


10 /23: Christina Steinorth-Powell

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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10/23 :Christina Steinorth-Powell


11 /23: Melanie Young

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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11/23 :Melanie Young


12 /23: Dianna Cohen

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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12/23 :Dianna Cohen


13 /23: Donna W. Hill

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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13/23 :Donna W. Hill


14 /23: Kerry Kenna

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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14/23 :Kerry Kenna


15 /23: Lorraine Hutchinson

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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15/23 :Lorraine Hutchinson


16 /23: Brenda Jones

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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16/23 :Brenda Jones


17 /23: Lynn Jones

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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17/23 :Lynn Jones


18 /23: Tovi Riegler

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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18/23 :Tovi Riegler


19 /23: Edie Falco

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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19/23 :Edie Falco

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

20 /23: Carly Simon

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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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

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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21/23 :Christina Applegate

Healing always starts from within.

22 /23: Giuliana Rancic

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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22/23 :Giuliana Rancic

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

23 /23: Breast cancer quotes

22 Powerful Quotes From Real Breast Cancer Survivors
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