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Inspirational quotes for teenagers and young adults with cancer

Updated on February 24, 2013

Quotes to inspire teens and young adults with cancer or leukemia

Cancer is a devastating disease in anyone. For teenagers who have just started embarking on their life's journey, it may come at a time when least expected and is especially devastating for them. In the US, about 70,000 teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Common types of cancer in teens include osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma and brain tumors.

This page contains some inspirational quotes for teenagers and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer or who may be faced with long term effects of treatment from cancer.

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Image by bschwehn, www.uniqraphy.de

Quotes about courage

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962) was the niece of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States and the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the greatest women of the 20th century widely known for her great humanitarian works in welfare of African Americans, the poor, the women and the youth of America and abroad.

"The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next." Mignon McLaughlin

Mignon McLaughlin (1913 - 1983) was a successful American author and journalist. Her most famous works include the two volumes of Neurotic's Notebook. She worked for Vogue magazine and was the managing editor of Glamour magazine until her retirement in 1973.

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher

Mary Anne Radmacher (previously Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey) is an author of inspirational quotes and life sayings. Her quotes are included in the most recent edition of the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations and many major networks such as CNN and Oprah have featured her.

"Scars are tattoos with better stories." - author unknown

This quote is from an unknown author. It is included here because it is particularly appealing to teenagers and young adults who do have scars because of the cancer treatment they go through.

Inspirational collections of quotes and motivational books on courage

Courage Doesn't Always Roar
Courage Doesn't Always Roar

Bestselling author and motivational speaker and writer, Mary Anne Radmacher, gives us a book that celebrates each small act of courage in our everyday lives.

 
Lean Forward into Your Life: Begin Each Day As If It Were on Purpose
Lean Forward into Your Life: Begin Each Day As If It Were on Purpose

Another inspirational book by Mary Anne Radmacher on living a life full of purpose.

 
May I Walk You Home?: Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill (10th Anniversary Edition)
May I Walk You Home?: Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill (10th Anniversary Edition)

Sometimes, parents and caregivers need a helping hand. This book provides guidance on looking after the very ill.

 

Quotes about not giving up

"What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited...

It cannot cripple love

It cannot shatter hope

It cannot corrode faith

It cannot destroy peace

It cannot kill friendship

It cannot suppress memories

It cannot silence courage

It cannot invade the soul

It cannot steal eternal life

It cannot conquer the spirit"

- author unknown

A well-known poem for cancer patients which is found in cancer wards in many hospitals. A beautiful poem written to encourage cancer patients to never give up.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

Confucius was a famous Chinese philosopher, educator, thinker, politician and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought. Confucius's influence in Chinese history is comparable to that of Socrates in the West. Confucius's teachings are recorded in the Lunyu (Analects). Confucius's philosophy is that men are responsible for their own actions, especially in how they treat others. Confucius's teachings include the idea that although we cannot change our fated span of existence, we can determine what we accomplish and what we are remembered for.

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." - Harriet Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1881 - 1896) was an American author who wrote about the life of African Americans under slavery. She is predominantly known for her first book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Never Give Up (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn)

Two beautiful books by a mother-daughter writing team, Barbara Andrews and Pam Hanson. The books are part of a series about three sisters who run the Grace Chapel Inn. Includes:

1. Never Give Up (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) by Pam Hanson Paperback

2. Keeping the Faith (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn) by Pam Hanson Paperback

Also available in Kindle edition.

Never Give Up (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn)
Never Give Up (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn)

In this book, two of the Howard sisters adopt an injured fawn.

 
Keeping the Faith (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn)
Keeping the Faith (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn)

This book provide accounts of daily events and happenings of the Grace Chapel Inn, featuring husband and wife guests at the Inn and a young man on a mission.

 

Healing quotes for teenagers and young adults with cancer

"Then they cry to the LORD in their trouble, and he saves them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." - Psalm 107:19-20

God listened when we cry for help. He heals us by His Word alone. Through prayer, God can destroy the damage and destruction wrecked on us.

"Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you." - Exodus 23:25

God brought His people out of Egypt and performed miracles at the Red Sea. They were His people and were therefore under highest obligations to serve and worship Him as how He intended. He also promised to take away the sickness and to bless them with success and prosperity.

"Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." - Jeremiah 17:14

For those who cannot heal themselves, they must rely on the power of the Lord to heal them.

"He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." - Mark 5:34

Jesus was kind to a woman who was thought unclean by her own society. He cured her through her faith in Him.

"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness." - Matthew 9:35

Jesus did not discriminate when he healed the sick and diseased who came to Him.

Collection of prayers and religious sayings to overcome pain and to heal

Prayers That Bring Healing: Overcome Sickness, Pain, and Disease. God's Healing is for You! (Prayers for Spiritual Battle)
Prayers That Bring Healing: Overcome Sickness, Pain, and Disease. God's Healing is for You! (Prayers for Spiritual Battle)

God is with you. God wants you to live a full, healthy and disease-free life. There is nothing too hard for God.

 
The Healing Touch: A Guide to Healing Prayer for Yourself and Those You Love
The Healing Touch: A Guide to Healing Prayer for Yourself and Those You Love

Stories of those who have been touched by sickness and who have recovered from them. Includes stories about relationships and mental illnesses.

 
Prayers to Destroy Diseases and Infirmities
Prayers to Destroy Diseases and Infirmities

Prayers targeted at destroying illnesses and diseases.

 

Books and stories about teens and young adults with cancer

Finding A Way Out: Kevin was a Teenager, Carefree and Invincible . . . Until Diagnosed with Cancer. His Mom Shares her Perspective from the Journey to Help Others Facing a Similar Challenge.
Finding A Way Out: Kevin was a Teenager, Carefree and Invincible . . . Until Diagnosed with Cancer. His Mom Shares her Perspective from the Journey to Help Others Facing a Similar Challenge.

This book tells the story of a mother whose teenage son was diagnosed with cancer and who then left for college after his cancer treatment.

 
Teenagers Face to Face With Cancer
Teenagers Face to Face With Cancer

Stories of teenagers who were diagnosed with cancer and their experiences of what they went through.

 

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      These are helpful and encouraging..I appreciate all of it but have a special love for God and His word, and appreciated the scriptures. I see from your reply below you have a son who is a cancer survivor. This means both you and he are brave. It would be nice to read your courageous story sometime, if you and your son at peace with sharing it. God bless!

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      TeenAtHeart 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan52. This topic means so much to me as a mom of a son who is a childhood cancer survivor and who is facing long term effects of his cancer treatment.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a wonderful resource! Thumbs up from this adult cancer survivor!