Encouraging Messages These are more personal ways of writing a message to someone with cancer. Model your message after one of these and insert any details for your situation.
You have told me in the past to never give up. Now, I am returning those words of wisdom to you.
I am praying for the Lord to grant you peace, comfort, and wisdom.
I know that this is a difficult time for you, but you should know that you inspire me every day.
Forget your worries and focus on taking care of yourself now. You have always done so much for others. Now is the time to concentrate on getting you well.
I have no doubt that you will fight cancer with the same ferocious determination that you have with other challenges in your life. I know that the great strength you have will prevail.
I have seen you in numerous situations that would have made others throw their hands up in the air. I admire your strength.
I fondly remember how much I was in awe of you when we first met. You took charge and showed confidence and dedication surpassing any person I've ever met. It is because of this that I know you will meet this challenge head on and win this fight.
When I find myself getting down and looking for reasons to complain, I think of you and the positive attitude you have. I am grateful to have you as my friend.
Encouraging Quotes and Bible Verses Choosing an encouraging quote or Bible verse is a great way to add something special to a card when someone has cancer. This takes some of the guesswork and pressure off of you to write something witty.
"Hope is the only thing stronger than fear."
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." -James 1:12
"Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come."
"Cast your cares upon the Lord, He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved." -Psalm 55:22
"I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse." -Philip Yancey
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it's the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow."
"Worry is a misuse of your imagination."
"You are not defeated when you lose, you are defeated when you quit."
"Encourage yourself. Don't speak defeat over your life." -Joel Osteen
"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming." -Romans 8:18
"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you." Isaiah 43:2
"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." -Emory Austin
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny" -C.S. Lewis
May the Lord look after you as His own.
Until you tell me something specific that I can do to help you, I will be diligently praying and patiently waiting.
You have inspired and helped me through difficult periods in my life. Please remember all those words of wisdom that you have given me in the past as you begin your battle with cancer. Your words inspired me, and I know they will do the same for you.
When you feel tired, draw strength from the Lord. He will give you rest.
I admire the courage and strength you have shown as you have battled cancer. You are an inspiration to us all.
I have seen you in countless tough situations. You have never given up. I can’t imagine that cancer will be any different. I know you will keep up that overwhelming willpower now, and you will soon be well again.
I am praying for you every chance I get. I know that God's will will be done, but I am praying for remission.
May God give you the strength and courage to continue your valiant fight until you are well again.
I was surprised to learn of your diagnosis. You have had such a positive impact on my life. I value your friendship more than I can tell you. I'm thinking of you and praying for you.
Funny Get Well Wishes Be careful with writing anything funny, because the message could come across as uncaring or offensive. It's best to only use humor if it is accompanied with something meaningful, so also include a quote or encouraging message.
I know that chemo has made you lose your appetite for sweets. As your friend, I’m willing to make a huge sacrifice and eat your dessert. I know you’d do the same for me!
You are one of the toughest people I know. I can’t believe cancer would dare to think it stood a chance against you. I feel sorry for the cancer.
What to Write for Someone with Cancer Figuring out what to write for someone with cancer can be a little tricky. The problem is that cancer is such a tough diagnosis that it's more difficult to be optimistic. Many things could be offensive, so using tact is imperative. Keep in mind that a person who has cancer may be feeling many different emotions such as fear, anger, or grief. Use a message that will help with these strong and difficult feelings.
What to avoid writing:
Anything related to dying: Even though the person may have a terminal diagnosis, it's not helpful to try to rush the person into losing hope.
Advice: The person doesn't need advice. You haven't likely been through exactly what the person has gone through, even if you have had cancer. You also should avoid writing any medical advice that you think you know, unless you are a physician who specializes in the treatment of the specific type of cancer.
Sermons: Include a comforting Bible verse if you have one that works well, but now is not the time to mention that the person is being punished by God for sin in his or her life. Never bring up lifestyle choices such as smoking or poor diet.
Mean Jokes: Assume that humor could be taken the wrong way. If there's a way it can be taken in an offensive way, then it's best to write something else. Even if you're good friends, being insensitive is not a good idea. Humor can be effective if done with tact, so don't totally throw out the idea.
What to Include:
Offer to help: Be specific about ways you can help. If you're a friend, offering to bring some food and a movie to the person's house may be perfect.
Something Positive about the Person: People feel good when they are recognized for their good qualities. Say something that will boost the person's ego a little.
Something Funny: Humor can ease pain, increase immune function, and lower stress levels. It really is medicine, so use it appropriately. Of course, the joke needs to be light-hearted. Inside jokes work great.
A quote or verse: Find a specific quote or verse that works well for the situation.