Music has a unique way of moving us. It creates feelings of happiness, sadness, or even anger. It can remind us of good memories and bad, and can also get us through those times when it seems as if we have an insurmountable challenge in front of us. Breast cancer songs are no different.
Many women turn to music to help them with their breast cancer journey. Music can be a great way for women to remember what they are fighting for and who they are. It can also help them find the strength that they thought they lost.
For Breast Cancer Awareness month, ITC is focusing on love. Love is given to others or yourself and may even come from strangers in the form of music and videos. To help you on your own search for some inspirational music, we’ve put together a few great songs. These songs are awesome (albeit sometimes corny) ways to find the motivation you need.
“I Run for Life” – Melissa Etheridge
This is perhaps one of the more well-known songs about breast cancer. Melissa Etheridge created “I Run for Life” for Race for the Cure. Etheridge’s own experience with breast cancer inspired the song. She went through 10 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatment during her own journey. Still, she found the strength within her to continue on. Her song seeks to share this strength with other women.
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” – Martina McBride
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” tells the story of a wife and mother who is battling breast cancer. This situation is unfortunately one that many women know all too well. The song reminds women that they are not alone during their breast cancer journeys. Sung from the perspective of the woman’s husband, it features powerful lyrics and a great message.
“Just Stand Up” – Artists Stand Up to Cancer
A charitable single, “Just Stand Up” debuted during the 2008 Stand Up to Cancer show. Ronnie Walton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds wrote the song for the show. Several top female singers, including Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and Miley Cyrus, performed the song live.
“Flower” – Jewel
Jewel sung “Flower” to raise awareness about breast reconstruction. The singer-songwriter created “Flower” to remind women that breast cancer does not define them. Jewel first wrote the song in her teens about surviving a bad relationship. But, she changed several verses later on to create the inspirational song.
“Scar” – Carly Simon
This song was not written about breast cancer. Still, it is definitely a song that many women with breast cancer can relate to. Simon’s own breast cancer operation scar inspired the song. “Scar” focuses on overcoming both the physical and emotional scars we get in life. Rather than trying to hide those scars, we should embrace them as a part of ourselves.
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
Too cheesy? Maybe. But it is a powerful song. As you might already know, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” is about finding strength following a difficult breakup. The lyrics invoke a powerful emotion for many listeners. It can be a great song for women going through any tough time. Plus, it would make for a fun dance and lip-sync break whenever your may need it.
“On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons
A positive and upbeat song, “On Top of the World” celebrates the Imagine Dragon’s success after its years of perseverance. It has been in a huge range of television shows, movies, and ads, so you’ve most likely heard it before. Either way, it serves as a great reminder that staying strong will help you accomplish your goals. Further, it can help motivate you during your breast cancer journey.
“Unstoppable” – Rascal Flatts
Meaningful lyrics, powerful vocals, and memorable music (I’m seeing a theme here). “Unstoppable” encourages listeners to push through any difficult times they face. The main focus of the song is that love breaks through all things. No matter what you may be facing or how battered you’ve become during your fight, love is there to keep you moving forward.
And the Last of Our Breast Cancer Songs, “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
“Here Comes the Sun” is one of my personal favorites from The Beatles. George Harrison wrote the song after he decided to avoid a business meeting to visit his friend. His relief at the break from business and the arrival of spring inspired the lyrics. It can be a great song for finding the motivation to keep going. Even though things may seem to stay dark for a long time, you still know that light will be shining through any day.
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