Cancer patients sometimes find it encouraging when their loved ones remind them that their current situation is not their final destiny, as there is hope for circumstances to get better in the future, according to U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. They may also find comfort in the quote, "You can't smooth out the surf, but you can learn to ride the waves," by an unknown author.
Some cancer patients find comfort in the quote by John Diamond, "Cancer is a word, not a sentence," notes Everyday Health. The quote is a play on words that helps put the diagnosis in perspective, reminding patients that just as cancer is but a single word and not a full sentence, it does not have the power to be their life sentence. A quote that offers hope to cancer patients struggling with feeling out of control of their lives is, "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have," by Cayla Mills.
Certain Bible verses encourage religious cancer patients, according to Guideposts. Isaiah 41:10, which begins, "Fear not, for I am with you," offers comfort to Christian cancer patients struggling with uncertainty and fear. Romans 8:38 and 8:39 serve as an encouraging reminder that neither death nor anything else in the future has the power to separate believers from the love of God.