10 Inspirational Things Strangers Said To Encourage Woman With Breast Cancer

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Reddit user sezzme has been fighting breast cancer for a few years and has survived it twice. But now she’s got it again, and each PET scan looks worse than the last. The last scan showed that her cancer had spread to her liver and multiplied into several tumors. As her anxiety over what the next PET scan would show increased, she found that working on a creative project was getting more and more difficult due to her overwhelming feelings of fear.

So sezzme reached out to her fellow Redditors for some encouragement. And we think what they had to say might be inspirational for a lot more than just this one person, so we decided to share it with you.

Here’s a simple list of 10 things Redditors said to keep this wonderful human being’s spirits up while she battled cancer. We hope it helps you too.

NOTE: Some comments have been edited for length, grammar, or profanity.

10. Keep being you.

“Just don’t let the pain take over your personality, who you are; that’s when cancer wins.” —Reddit user periaut

9. Know that you are not alone.

“There is a whole army of other Redditors around you, and we (or most of us) that see this will hope for you the best. You also have offline friends and family, so that while you go through this tough time, just remember that there are people that care about you. We may not know you offline, but we do know that you are out there, and it is a true shame to see you going through this.” —Reddit user [deleted]

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8. Good vibes.

“I am sending all my good vibes your way, friend. Stay strong.” —Reddit user patticapulet

7. Science!

“I’m going remind you that you live in the 21st century, and we live in an age of [expletive] scientific wonders and medical miracles. You have a better chance of beating this cancer than any other time in history. You’re depressed that your last PET scan found tumors had spread to your liver? Don’t be! You’re alive because we live in a time when we can look inside you with a quantum physics magic ball and see where the cancer is. 30 years ago the doctors would have had no idea the cancer was in your liver, and you’d already be dead or dying from that. This is the future, and we’re gonna nuke that cancer from orbit.” —Reddit user browwiw

6. Cheesy but true.

“You CANNOT give up on yourself. You can and will get through this if you fight the entire way. It may sound cheesy, but you must fight! Teeth bared, claws out, eyes ablaze, like a tiger poised to strike. You may have cancer, but the cancer doesn’t have you.” —Reddit user BreathlessFlame

5. A little something for you from someone you’ve never met.

“Sitting here in front of this computer screen, maybe half a world away, but thinking about you, even though I’ve never met you. I have a pretty good life, more than I need. I could get by with less, so I’d like to send a little of my luck, a little of my happiness and health, to you tonight over the interwebs. Be strong. Keep fighting. You got this thing. We are with you!” —Reddit user Tasty_Yams

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4. Beautiful words.

“Sit softly, close your eyes, dream of love, life, and laughter…you are strong. You are here today because you don’t give up. You are your own soldier of life…a rock star in your loved ones’ eyes. Stay forever yourself and never give up the love that got you this far. We all love you. You are our inspiration.” —Reddit user rycat4

3. Wise words.

“Hey darling. You can get through this. You will get through this. You’ve done it before, and you’ll do it again. And you’re gonna be one bad-a** of a lady when you’re done.” —Reddit user Ellie_phant

2. More good vibes.

“I’m sending you good vibes, prayer, positive thoughts—all I can think to send. I love what browwiw pointed out about medical advances! However, I think anything that lifts your sprits and turns your thoughts to positive things will benefit you. Remember—even if what they find is worse than you’re hoping for, don’t stop fighting! It’s easy for me to sit here and tell you to be brave….I just know that you must be stronger than you might believe to have done this before and now have to face it again. Reach in and find whatever strength you have inside, and take whatever strength you can from wherever else you can—Reddit, prayer, friends, anywhere. I don’t know what you’re going through, but I know from experience that fear can be crippling if you let it. You are stronger than that fear and you are stronger than that cancer. I wish you peace and long life and happiness. Also here is an internet {{HUG}}.” —Reddit user sister1

1. And lastly, a cancer joke to keep you smiling.

“Doctor: The tests show you have cancer.
Patient: Cancer? Oh my God. I don’t know what to do. Can I get a second opinion, doctor?
Doctor: Sure. Your feet smell.
Sorry, the best medical joke I have. Hang in there and stay strong.” —Reddit user VIJoe

For sezzme, the Reddit thread seems to have done its job. She writes, “Wow… this thread is helping… I’ve been switching between this and doing my creative project—and actually accomplishing stuff for a change instead of doing mindless net-surfing to sort of escape. I love you guys…keep it coming…I am definitely going to hang onto this thread and re-read it several times on the day I find the actual PET scan results.”

We hope these kind words have given you some hope as well. Keep up the great work of being you!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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