15 Powerful Quotes From Our Favorite Celebrity Cancer Survivors

Jun 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
Cynthia Nixon, Hoda Kotb, Wanda Sykes, Christina Applegate
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A cancer diagnosis — whether it is your own or a friend or family member's — is usually quite a shock. No matter how much you read about awareness and prevention, nothing can prepare you for actually getting the news.

Not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer is comfortable being open about their treatment and recovery — and that's totally fine. A person's health is personal, and we're entitled to share as much (or as little) of it as we want.

And like so many other parts of life, when we're faced with something scary and uncertain like a cancer diagnosis, it's natural to want to read up on it. But sometimes you don't necessarily want to learn about symptoms you may have missed or the long road to treatment ahead of you; sometimes you just want a kick-ass inspiring quote from someone else who has gone through it.

Enter celebrity cancer survivors. Sure, their treatment and recovery journeys might look different from the average person's, given their social and financial position, but hearing about how they got through the tough times may be just what you need on an especially difficult day.

Here's a roundup of quotes from everyone from Robin Roberts to Fran Drescher to Wanda Sykes to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. They're insightful, sometimes funny and refreshingly honest. So pour yourself a cup of tea, settle in and take a look through some powerful words from inspiring women. 

1 /15: Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb
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1/15 :Hoda Kotb

2 /15: Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon
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2/15 :Cynthia Nixon

3 /15: Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher
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3/15 :Fran Drescher

4 /15: Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes
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4/15 :Wanda Sykes

5 /15: Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate
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5/15 :Christina Applegate

6 /15: Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden
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6/15 :Joan Lunden

7 /15: Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
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7/15 :Robin Roberts

8 /15: Edie Falco

Edie Falco
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8/15 :Edie Falco

9 /15: Carly Simon

Carly Simon
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9/15 :Carly Simon

10 /15: Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
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10/15 :Sheryl Crow

11 /15: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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11/15 :Julia Louis-Dreyfus

12 /15: Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton John
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12/15 :Olivia Newton-John

13 /15: Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates
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13/15 :Kathy Bates

14 /15: Shannen Doherty

Shannen Doherty
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14/15 :Shannen Doherty

15 /15: Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne
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15/15 :Sharon Osbourne