What cancer cannot do

We do not know the origin of the following lines. We do know they are important for every cancer patient everywhere, not to mention their families, their friends, and their co-workers:

thecouples2Cancer is so limited …
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot destroy peace.
It cannot kill friendships.
It cannot suppress memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot steal eternal life.
It cannot conquer the Spirit.

These lines were published on December 31, 1994, in an Ann Landers column in the Chicago Sun Sentinel. They had been sent in by a man called George, who lived in Verdun, Quebec, Canada. George stated that he had seen them in a Montreal magazine called The Senior Times. If any reader is aware of their origin, we would be pleased to provide appropriate credit to the author, so please let us know.

One of the administrators of The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink first saw them on the Prostate Problems Mailing List in about 1995/6. A member of that mailing list had received them from his mother, then a 91-year-old cancer survivor of 25 years.

Content on this page last reviewed and updated February 22, 2016.
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