Sunday, February 25, 2018

Beyond Cancer

So many of us are touched by cancer, be it personally or via a loved one. Hearing that dreadful diagnosis creates instant fear and panic.  Today we share the story of a three-time cancer survivor Kelly Davidson.  You would be hard pressed to find a more positive and amazing lady.

This is her Tattoo Tale.
Kelly made headlines when she revealed a tattoo of fairies and butterflies in the place where her breasts once were. She suggests her “tattoo symbolizes a transformation, my metamorphosis, like a butterfly I changed on the outside but remained the same on the inside.”
“It is my badge of honour and strength, a piece of beautiful art that I wear with pride because it  represents how I kicked cancer’s ass and how breasts don’t define who I am as a person or a woman.” 
For sure here is a lady that tries to focus on the positive believing there is a rainbow at the end of the storm. 
The breast cancer was not her only challenge. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 11. Then came her breast cancer at 28, with a mastectomy at 28 and again at 29.  Plus at age 31 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. 

Years after her last cancer diagnoses, she is deemed to be in complete remission.        

Life after cancer? 
I met my husband after the mastectomies and he still saw me as beautiful (even when I didn’t).  We got married in 2013 and a year later we had our beautiful son.  😊 

She says she has grown so much and appreciates everything; taking nothing for granted.  Having had her thyroid and spleen removed, dealing with 33 treatments of radiation starting at age 11 plus enduring 6 chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer, she understands the fear and worry. 

Her advice and wisdom to others:  
Cancer does not define who are.... you may have changed on the outside but you are still the same on the inside.... just stronger and with more knowledge - cancer is not the be all end all .... 
I am living proof of that.