Some “CAN’TS of Cancer”

Recently I saw a little poem about what cancer can’t do (but can’t find it) I think I got a copy from the American Cancer Society perhaps. Last night I started a list of my own and added to it this morning.   I might make it a “running list” and add to it as I think of more. If you can think of additional things, feel free to join in and expand my list.  🙂
Some “CANT’S” of Cancer:
-It can’t rob us of making the most of every day: even the hard days after chemo can have splashes of joy in them.

-Cancer is very weak compared to the love we share with family and friends.

–Even though cancer is a nightmare, it CAN’T take away all my hopes and dreams for the future

–Even though the treatment of cancer has taken away my hair and that’s been hard for me, it CAN NOT take away a genuine smile on my face because God is always up to something good in my life

–It CAN’T MAKE ME have a “victim’s mentality”: I CAN grow to be a stronger and more compassionate person through this (and grow in many other ways)

Edit 7/21: (PLEASE NOTE:  In the comment section below I added in the poem mentioned above. I plan to add more “Can’ts of Cancer”  as I think of them in the future down in the comments sention of this post)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

Amplified Bible (AMP)

28We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

ALL things working together for GOOD…even cancer.

Gratefully His,


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13 Responses to Some “CAN’TS of Cancer”

  1. Nita Z says:

    “Cancer can’t” has such a nice ring to it. I look forward to seeing the new things you add to the list. You can probably also start a “Cancer Can” list. Cancer can open up new doors for ministry. Cancer can deepen my relationship with the Lord. Enjoying the different insight and helpful quotes you are finding and passing on to the rest of us. Nita

  2. Cancer can remind us how important it is to say I love you. How special a flower is. The smell of fresh cut grass. A hand to hold. The sound of a child’s laughter. That we live in a world created by an awesome God. He made and created and choose us to live in with him. How he chooses our paths to please him and to see his grace. There is a beauty in cancer. To appreiate life. To celebrate life. Not that it is something to wish on anyone, but to see his grace.
    Love to you Paula and your beautiful family.

  3. Paula says:

    I liked what you had to say, Nita and Tina. 🙂
    I found the “official poem” on the American Cancer Society website:

    Cancer is so limited…
    It cannot cripple love.
    It cannot shatter hope.
    It cannot corrode faith.
    It cannot eat away peace.
    It cannot destroy confidence.
    It cannot kill friendship.
    It cannot shut out memories.
    It cannot silence courage.
    It cannot reduce eternal life.
    It cannot quench the Spirit.


    Here’s another one I thought of tonite:
    Cancer CAN’T take away the song in my heart and on my lips that praises God for His goodness, faithfulness, and love.

  4. Paula says:

    Cancer can’t take away my sense of humor UNLESS I let it. I will not let it rob me of laughter.

  5. Paula says:

    Cancer is a very ugly thing but it can’t take away all the beautiful things that we CAN still enjoy.

    I really love working in my lttle garden but was too sick to clear out the jungle it had become, plant it, weed it, water it, or pick from it most of the time this year. My sister and daughters did it for me.

    I’ve been enjoying the veggies and lovely flowers and the ability I have right now to help care for this cheery, bright spot of beauty and have a new sesnse of gratefulness and appreciation. There were so many big and small blessings I took for granted before cancer….


  6. Sadonna says:

    Cancer can not take even ONE day from me that God intends for me to have!

  7. Paula says:

    Sadonna said:
    Cancer can not take even ONE day from me that God intends for me to have!

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder, Sadonna. 🙂

  8. Paula says:

    Cancer can’t make me a grouchy grump even if I am feeling very sick and miserable. The choice to have a good attitude, a sweet spirit, and to rise above my circumstances is mine.


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  10. Paula says:

    Cancer can’t get me down unless I let it. I must not let it. I will not let it.
    Cancer can’t take away the happy memories that will always be mine to cherish. I can make some lovely new ones too that cancer can’t touch.

    Some “Cans” of cancer:
    Cancer can introduce me to an amazing sisterhood of fellow breast cancer survivors as well as other courageous people fighting other battles. Cancer has already flung open the doors of my world and invited some beautiful new friends into my life and will continue to do so.

    Cancer can take away my hair and it did, but only for a season. It was temporary. It’s growing back. Even though it is not returning in the color I had and would have never chosen for myself unless I was much older than I am, I am grateful . There is always hair dye if I want. It is my very own hair again, only softer and I appreciate having hair more than ever. It’s comfortable and not hot and itchy like a wig. It’s going to grow long enough that I’ll even need to comb it again, yeah!!! Men who loose their hair as they age don’t get a new crop to replace what fell out like I have the privilege of getting. Three cheers for hair! Hip, hip, hooray for hair! Thank You God for hair on my head and for returning eyelashes and eyebrows! Too bad armpit and leg hair grows so well despite chemo. Ha!

    Cancer can (and is) making me into a person that is leaning harder on God, seeking Him more, resting deeper in His love, who is stronger in the strength of the Lord.

    Cancer can make me a more compassionate person with many new experiences under my belt that allow me the blessing of being able to “be there” for others going through similar circumstances.

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  12. Paula says:

    More “Some Can’t of Cancer” to add to my running list

    From Sheila’s card:

    “Cancer is a Villain, who doesn’t play fair…
    But it Can’t dim your spirit and it Can’t silence prayer …”

    Cancer stole my left breast, 11 lymph nodes, my hair, and my health for a while. It’s a ruthless robber all right–sneaking in and playing havoc in my body, taking what is not it’s to take. It’s been an unwelcome tenant that I am fighting for all I am worth to evict and lock my doors tight so it’ll never get back in. I find myself uneasy at times, waiting and wondering if it’s going to show up somewhere else in time like happens to so many people with cancer. Aggressive breast cancer likes to branch out and metastisize and take over places like the liver, lungs, bones, and brain. That’s a hard possibility to face but the truth is, it is not my reality right now as far as I know and I can be happy about that and live with gusto every day God gives me whether the future holds more hard things with cancer or not. Right now I am doing terrific and I thank God for that. Every indication thusfar is that I am winning this battle. Hooray for that! Kudos to You, Lord for making that possible!

    Oh dear, Lord–can YOU please make cancer get outta here and leave for good? I can’t “make” it go but You can compel it to exit permanently. Maybe You already took care of it and it’s gone for good already. Oh, I hope so and pray so! I will choose to rest my weary heart in you and let go and trust.

    Cancer can mess with this outward shell that I need to walk around in temporarily on this earth but it can not steal the treasures I have laid up in Heaven, not a one of those can cancer touch, not ever.

    Matthew 6:19-20
    19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

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