This month, as we focus on breast cancer—the disease, the treatments, the survivors, the statistics—we’re sharing some quotes from famous personalities who’ve personally encountered the disease and chosen to share their frank, sometimes even funny, reactions with the rest of us.

E! host Giuliana Rancic, who underwent a double mastectomy:

“The one word I always saw in all the messages was strong. ‘You’re so strong, stay strong, be strong’—when you hear something enough, you start believing it.’”

Actress/director Angelina Jolie, who elected to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer:

“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”

Christina Applegate, when she had both her breasts removed:

“I laughed more in the hospital than I ever have in my life, making fun of all the weird things that were happening to me. “ At the same time: “Sometimes, you know, I cry. And sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. And I get really upset, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. I think that it’s all part of the healing.”

Journalist Linda Ellerbee, who had tissue-removal surgery, talking about the importance of loved ones:

“I knew from the beginning that I would need to wrap my friends and family around me like an old quilt to get through this. I couldn’t walk through this valley alone, nor would I want to, and I discovered in the journey that the more I was able to ask for help and to be open about needing it, the more I got it.”

Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen, talks about her dedication to finding the cures for breast cancer:

“I wear my pink proudly and I hope you do, too. It isn’t soft and fluffy. Pink is passionate and bold. Think of it as your membership card in a global community working to end a disease that will kill almost half a million people this year.”

Are you or someone you love battling breast cancer? What is giving you strength to help with your courageous fight? Let us know in the comments!