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Topic: Favorite Quotations

Forum: Life After Breast Cancer —

Managing life after a breast cancer diagnosis, including rediscovering intimacy, coping with fear of recurrence, reconnecting relationships, sharing hobbies and interests, and finding inspiration in daily life.

Posted on: May 23, 2010 05:15PM - edited May 23, 2010 05:16PM by lovemyfamilysomuch

lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

Sometimes I read a quote from a book, or a poem, or a song, and I am so moved by it.  I think it would be fun if we talked about some of our favorite quotes, passages, poems, and why we like them.  I will start!

This, above all, to thine own self be true

For as it follows the night the day,

Thou shall not  then be false to any man

Shakespeare, one of my dear mother's favorites!

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 23, 2010 05:36PM LRM216 wrote:

I like "When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry - show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile".  Don't know who wrote it.  (and I'm not yet really proficient at applying it yet, I appear to be stuck in the "one hundred reasons to cry" stage.  But I'm trying!)

Linda

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to end, it's about learning to dance in the rain ... Age 62 at diagnose Dx 2/23/2009, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 3/6/2009 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 4/24/2009 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2009 Breast
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May 25, 2010 11:20AM iodine wrote:

"I am neither made nor unmade by actions surrounding me, but my reaction to them" Unknown.

And of course, my tag below my name.

Dotti---BE NOT AFRAID, Pope John Paul
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May 25, 2010 09:16PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

Iodine, I always am inspired by your tag line--thanks!

  • I don't want to know your tribe
  • I don't want to know your nationality
  • I don't want to know your religion
  • I want to know the pain of your heart!

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 25, 2010 10:01PM iodine wrote:

Hi "love"", what a beautiful quote you bring.  Writing that one down.

and thanks for noting my tag line.  I burst into tears when I saw him say that on the news, or whereever it was that I saw him say it.  I knew it was meant for me and it didn't have anything to do with bc --- but was very helpful later when dx'd as well.

Dotti---BE NOT AFRAID, Pope John Paul
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May 26, 2010 12:50PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door"

Emily Dickinson

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 26, 2010 07:57PM ruthbru wrote:

Gosh, I have so many.....how about

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places." Ernest Hemingway

and Longfellow......

"Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait."

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 26, 2010 07:59PM faithandfifty wrote:

I've been held together by the thought attributed to Churchill:

"When you're going thru hell, keep going."

Keep up with my travels at: www.rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com
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May 26, 2010 08:01PM ruthbru wrote:

here's a good Henry Kissinger one along the same line....

"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously."

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 26, 2010 08:51PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

Ruthbru,

Love the Longfellow!  Thanks so much.  Reminds me of my dear mom. xo

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 26, 2010 10:13PM SoCalLisa wrote:

"Proud as a peacock"

Biography: DX 11/2000 LCIS,DCIS,IDC 2B, Grade 1, ER+,PR+ Her2Neg 1 pos node Lumptectomy, CMF chemo X 6 mos, DX 8/2001, IDC same breast--Mastectomy , Left Breast Lumpectomy... Tamoxifen, one year...Armidex, Four years
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May 27, 2010 04:54PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

what beautiful colors, thanks SoCal!!

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 28, 2010 06:35PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

when you meet an orphan, treat him as your own child, and give comfort to the troubled and care to the sick. Never refuse any who asks for help, if your pockets are empty, give them hope...your every action must be born of kindness and every word spoken with love. Live as God would have you to live, and by your ex...ample, others will be inspired to do the same... (Our Lady of Kibeho said). Immaculee
Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 28, 2010 06:59PM ruthbru wrote:

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."  4th Chapter of Philippines

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 28, 2010 08:22PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

thank you ruth, one of my favorites also!

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 03:31PM ruthbru wrote:

My other favorite verse in the Bible is Romans 8: 38-39

"For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus out Lord."

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 04:34PM Lady_Madonna wrote:

Here's a few that I love:

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

 Jer 29:11 (NIV)  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

and the sweet little proverb:

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly

I look forward to finishing my chemo and radiation and spreading my wings and and becoming a butterfly with a whole new lease on life!

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May 29, 2010 04:43PM ruthbru wrote:

Yea Melanie!!!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 07:47PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

Melanie, We are flying with you sister!! xo

Ellen

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 09:12PM ruthbru wrote:

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars." Henry Van Dyke

an old Native American saying:

"Love many,

Trust but few, and

always paddle your own canoe."

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 29, 2010 09:25PM iodine wrote:

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh"

 Gave my daughter a plaque: God Danced the Day You were Born.  She has it by her bed.  She gave the Christopher Robin quote to her brother and I had the same idea but didn't do it.  Bless her (and my son, too)

Dotti---BE NOT AFRAID, Pope John Paul
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Jun 3, 2010 06:53PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

As long as moods are like the weather, today's admiration may be tomorrow's annoyance and irritation.  Today's love may be tomorrow's doubt.  Human nature is not static, but fluid.         
Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 3, 2010 07:43PM ruthbru wrote:

"Lean on the future. There

if anywhere

you walk upon the water,

All that was true at first

is true at last

but there is no way back

into the past.

But through the future. There

if anywhere

the miracle must happen."

Sydney Carter

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 12:00PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

Thanks sister Ruth!

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 12:20PM - edited Jun 4, 2010 12:22PM by ruthbru

Thanks for starting this thread! Ruth

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 12:49PM barbe1958 wrote:

Change is inevitable, growth is optional.

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/15/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/16/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 4, 2010 12:55PM barbe1958 wrote:

Some people can't hear opportunity knocking, even when it's pounding on their forehead.

Dx 12/10/2008, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/15/2008 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 2/4/2016, IDC: Papillary, Left, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 2/10/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 2/16/2016 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 5, 2010 11:22AM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

   " Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes.  When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say."
Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 6, 2010 11:25PM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

"Happy families are all alike;  every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Tolstoy, Anna Karenia   
Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 11, 2010 07:17AM lovemyfamilysomuch wrote:

"We are Family! I got all my sistahs with me!!"

Dx 10/14/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 17, 2010 07:00AM - edited Nov 10, 2010 05:04PM by ruthbru

If you cant feed 100 people, then just feed one. Mother Teresa

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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