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Songs About Triumph Over Cancer

Updated on November 23, 2011
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Mighty Mom is a keen observer of life. She shares her personal experiences and opinions in helpful and often amusing ways.

This hub is dedicated to Darlin' Karlin

When you're fighting cancer, every day is a milestone.

I have never had cancer, but I know way too many people who have, and  who do. I've seen beautiful, bald women battling breast cancer at the Komen Race for the Cure. My son's father survived a rare form of rectal cancer. My father-in-law died of lymphoma.  My beloved uncle died of lung cancer. The list goes on.

This being my 50th hub, I wanted to make it special.

This hub is for Karlin. My beautiful, strong, amazingly gracious friend who is fighting for her life. Karlin just finished her 11th grueling week of chemotherapy. She's getting ready to have surgery to remove what remains of the tumor in her breast. The good news is it's down from 4cm to .5cm. She is optimistic it can be a lumpectomy instead of more invasive surgery.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of people praying for Karlin. She is surrounded by love. As I said above, Karlin is strong.

Music is healing. It's a universal fact.

These songs are for her -- and for anyone who is facing tough challenges. Here's to Karlin. Here's to beating breast cancer. Here's to triumphing over life's obstacles.

#1 Karlin, you will always be beautiful

#2 You will be healed

#3 Sistah, I know you can make it!

#4 You've got the power

#5 Your faith will lead you on

#6 That cancer: Beat It!!!

#7 You are a brightly shining star

#8 Only the strong survive: Old School

#9 Only the strong survive: New School

#10 You've gotta LOTTA friends

#11 It's gonna be a brighter day!

#12 You CAN make it if you try!

#13 You WILL survive!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thirteen songs

I'm hoping 13 will be a lucky number. Please feel free to add your own song suggestions, including links if you feel like it. Music is powerful. Let's drown that icky cancer out with good thoughts and beautiful notes!!!


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    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Never underestimate the power of prayer! What an uplifting and positive story. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Dana!

      And what a blessing for your family. Enjoy every precious minute of life, that's what we should ALL do!


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      dana gaultney 

      5 years ago

      thank yall so much for the.encourageing words I am so here it is 2 yrs.later and I feel the.need to tell yall my mois 1 1/2 years in remition they told us to spend easter with her because the cancer had taken over both lungs and glands they said she may not even make it to easter there was nothing else they could do that.was a week before rhat.easter she said she was leaving it to God and we we prayed and spoke in tounnges non stop we done that for 3 weeks a week after easter she went to her dr to check on it and it was completely gone every bit of it was gone there was no trace of her ever having it no scar tissue nothing I have mymom thank you God

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      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great hub!! :) As a cancer survivor myself, music definitely got me through many, many treatments and sleepless nights. It's important to stay positive- Of course when I was going through it I listened to a lot of Coldplay and Morrissey. hehe. I really enjoyed your hub :)

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      Shahd Hossam 

      7 years ago

      really send her my support, I'M GONNA LOVE YOU THROUGH IT- mcBride is a great song actually :)

      this is my Cancer Awareness facebook group so plz check it and you are most welcomed to join me :

      thx :)

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      Susan Reid 

      7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hello Dana,

      Thank you for sharing your pain here. I'm so sorry to hear about all the death in your life. I wish your mom peace.

      You are stronger than you think. You will get through this -- you have to for your kids.

      I do hope you can keep expressing your feelings. Lots of people can relate. They can relate to life after your rock is taken from you.

      There is sometimes no rhyme or reason to grief, it seems. It is part of life, just as joy is part of life.

      Sending you healing hugs. MM

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      dana gaultney 

      7 years ago

      im 22 ys old and my mom has a rare form of lung cancer we just foundout about it 2 mths ago and we was told she only had 3 mths i really have no words on how i feel i lost my oldest brother 2 yrs ago and i have 5 sisters and 2 brothers counting my brother that passed but none of them has talked to me in 7 mths i have 2 kids 3 counting lil natalie that i lost due to depression from loosing my brother my mom has been there threw it all she is my rock and my angel now i am loosing her and i dont think i will be able to handle it i wish i could trade places with her because she does not deserve it

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      Chemotherapy Agents 

      9 years ago

      thanks for cancer info

    • Mighty Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi Andrea. That is a lovely idea. Music truly is healing as well as soothing (or invigorating). My friend's cancer is chased out (she and her kids posted signs all over the house to banish cancer, in addition to a bunch of other things). Good luck.

      BTW, if it's any consolation/help, the chemo for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is "mild" compared to others. My father-in-law got Retaxin and he didn't lose his hair or get sick or anything. I wish you and your friend we.. MM

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      Andrea Force 

      9 years ago

      I'm putting together a mix CD for my friend who has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I Googled "songs about triumph" and was brought here. I'm using two of your songs, "I Will Survive" and "You've Got a Friend" on her CD. So far, other songs include "The Remedy" by Jason Mraz (which I'm told he wrote for a friend with cancer), "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty, "Whip It" by Devo (When a problem comes along, you must whip it!) and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (just because it's SO pretty).

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      10 years ago from Earth

      What a beautiful tribute. My mom battled cancer for awhile as well, so I know how powerful songs can be... wind beaneath my wings is still one that brings me to my knees, handful of tears and all. I wish your friend all the best, best, best- nothing but the best from here on out.

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      Susan Reid 

      10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      PeggyW, Thank you so much. There is a lot more that I wish I could be doing with her right now.

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a special friend you obviously are to Karlin! Very thoughtful and lovely hub.

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      Susan Reid 

      10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thank you ever so much, druneric and sandman! MM

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      10 years ago

      Your the BEST !, there isn't enough hubs to tell you how special you are.

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      Donna Runeric 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you. I will pass this along to a couple of people who would appreciate and enjoy it. I'll think of Karlin in my meditation moments.

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      I think I would too. It's such a cool song, but that whole dying young rockstar (so over done!) kinda soured me on it.

      I once dedicated "Wind Bbeneath My Wings" to my mother when she was passing gallstones, and ever-so-miserable, that song and a giant get-well card singed by everybody I knew. She said it made her laugh - and cry (in a good way) and made the experience not quite so bad.

      The support system is EVERYTHING.

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      Susan Reid 

      10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Hi CW. Good point about the Bad Company song. Although it's about Johnny and he's a musician. Still, I wouldn't want to inadvertently give Karlin death karma. I think I will switch that song out for something more positive.

      Thanks! MM

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      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      You are a good friend - Karlin is lucky to have you.

      I've always liked the Bad Co. song "Shooting Star," but are you sure you want to use that one? The shooting Star dies in the song!

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      Cris A 

      10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      what a nice gesture MM. your friends are lucky to have you around. :D

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      10 years ago from Madrid

      Best to your friend Karlin, MM! Really warm and thoughtful 50th hub!

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      Susan Reid 

      10 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Dear friends, thank you so much for visiting and your kind words and prayers for Karlin. Cindyvine -- I will definitely check out your hub and put link to it on here, if you don't mind. K@ri -- glad to know someone has 13 as a lucky number! Misty -- good to see you, girlfriend! Have missed you. KCC and Triplet Mom -- you are the best. As are you, CR. I feel blessed to have you all in my life! MM

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Please wish your friend well from me MM. Having lost someone special to Cancer, I know how horrible it can be, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Congratulations on your 50th hub, what a wonderful way to celebrate. Your friend is in my prayers! 13 is a lucky number for me, my son was born on the 13th.

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      10 years ago from Central Texas

      This is such a kind a thoughtful tribute to your friend. I send lots of love and well wishes her way!

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      MM - What a wonderful tribute, you are a great friend. My prayers are with your friend and for her full recovery. Thanks for sharing something so personal.

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      Cindy Vine 

      10 years ago from Cape Town

      Hi MM, you are wonderful to be so supportive to your friend. Breast cancer is horrible as you don't look sick so you don't know that you're walking around carrying a time bomb. Did you read the hub I wrote about my breast cancer experience? It was called When mammograms are wrong

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      Christoph Reilly 

      10 years ago from St. Louis

      Very nice and thoughtful, MM. I'll send my thoughts for her health and well being her way.


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