Say Something Nice

by Jane Ashley

At times, the stress and anxiety of our cancer treatment might make us a bit “grumpy.” We don’t mean to be that way — we just open our mouth and out comes something that isn’t too nice or kind.

Mark Twian Quote

Especially now, as coronavirus fears are ramping up, we all need a little bit more kindness, patience, and compassion .

Compliments to Give. 

These compliments might be for your spouse or children who are your caregivers. Some of these would be perfect for your chemo nurse, your radiation tech, or the person who accesses your port. Just remember, it’s so nice to be nice.

Thanks for listening.
You’re an extraordinary friend.
I appreciate all that you do for me.
Being around you makes life so much better.
Your smile helps me smile too.
I am so fortunate to have you in my life.
I’ve never met anyone as compassionate as you.
You have such a big heart.
Your presence is reassuring to me.
I appreciate your friendship more than you know.
Your point of view is so helpful to me.
You know just how to make my day!
You are going to make a real difference in the world.
You are a constant reminder to me that people can be good.
You are a ray of sunshine.
Thank you for always being there for me.

Ray Of Sunshine

Compliments We’d Like to Receive. 

Getting compliments helps us glow from within. Whether we’re in active treatment or are in survivorship, these compliments would be so nice to receive.

Your positivity is inspiring.
Thanks for being you!
I love your outlook on life.
You set an inspiring example for everyone.
I admire the way you handle yourself.
The world is a better place with you here.
I wish that I was more like you.
You are so strong.
I’m so proud of you and your progress.
Never stop being you.
You inspire me in so many ways.
On a scale of one to ten, you’re an eleven.
You always know how to find the Silver Lining.

You Matter

Why are compliments important?

We, as human beings, all have a deep, inner need to feel wanted and appreciated. We need to think that we are of value to others. So the giving and receiving of compliments is critical to our very existence.

Giving a compliment helps us look around and see what’s right with the world. We recognize the value of our families and friends, and we see the beauty of the world that surrounds us. When we are in the midst of cancer treatment, it’s easy for us to fall into a mental slump. Most of us quickly realize that our chemo nurses are “angels on earth.” We find ourselves giving compliments and giving thanks to them for the simplest acts of kindness. Feeling gratitude helps restore our soul.

When someone compliments us, that compliment revives our sagging spirits. Our hair may be thinning, or we might be bald — yet when someone compliments us about how our eyes sparkle or they love our red shirt, our spirits soar. We might not feel very pretty or well-dressed, but remember to be gracious when someone compliments us.

Unexpected Compliment


First, hit the share buttons at the bottom of this post and encourage your social friends to share some kind words!

One of my favorite quotes is a question.

What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday? …Max Lucado
What goes around comes around is an old saying that still rings true today. Giving and receiving compliments helps our world be a better place.

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