Terry Fox and a Proud Mom

By Kristen Knott

Written Saturday October 5th at 11:30 pm

My daughter Zoe announced in early September that she would be singing at the upcoming Terry Fox assembly at her school. When I learned that it was only her singing at the event I was amazed but secretly nervous for her. We listened to her practice daily, yet I couldn’t help but be amazed how she was fine with getting up in front of half the school to perform.

September 26 came the day of the Terry Fox assembly, which was followed by the kids running in his honour. When my mother and I arrived at the assembly, I could see the nervous energy in Zoe. The celebrations began with a heartfelt tribute to our Canadian hero, who so bravely gave his energy, pain, passion and finally his life into raising money for Cancer research. I listened, in a very different way than I ever had before to his story. It hit me as I sat in the gymnasium that I was one of the many Canadians with cancer who had benefited from what Terry Fox had accomplished so long ago. In fact the first Terry Fox annual Run was in 1981 the [...] continue the story

Life in 21-Day Cycles

By Kristen Knott

Written Friday September 27 @ 4:00 am

From the time I can remember, I have always been someone who needs to have something to look forward to. It could be a family trip, or a party, or a holiday. Regardless of the event, I have always lived my life looking ahead. No surprise then, that I am a goal setter and always feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I meet goals or get through whatever task or list of things that was either self-created or handed to me.

Yes, I am a list girl! Write it down, plan it, make it happen! Christmas shopping begins in September and is completed in November each year. Summer holidays are planned in the Fall prior, and kids’ schedules are locked in months in advance. It is not surprising that my career has always revolved around planning and executing on a plan. Being in sales for over a decade and growing up in the consumer packaged goods industry, retail promotional planning was always a minimum of 6 months ahead. Christmas was booked in July, and seasonal planning was integral to the success of the job. I never stood still and my eye [...] continue the story

An Ode to Wonder Woman

By Kristen Knott

Written September 21, 2013 @ 3:30 am

As a child of the 70’s, I like many other girls religiously watched Wonder Women on television. She was beautiful, intelligent, and strong and seemed invincible. I realize now that I have always been drawn to strong women through out my life and my desire to be a Wonder Women.

This past spring I felt a lump in my right breast that simply felt different than others I had felt in the past. I had learned three years prior at 39 that I had fibroids in both breasts and the surgeon stressed the need for me to be diligent about doing self-breast examinations as with dense breasts it could be more challenging to detect a tumor.

Fast-forward through to May 2013, where I underwent two mammograms, an initial ultrasound, followed by an ultrasound guided biopsy of the lump, and then an appointment with the surgeon June 6, to receive the biopsy results. As I sat in the surgeon’s office looking out the window at the pouring rain, he called for my pathology; he hung the phone up and professionally informed me I had a cancerous tumor in my right breast, and that he could [...] continue the story

The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

Photography by: David Jay/The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not a Pink Ribbon is available from Amazon.

Follow The SCAR Project on Facebook ,Twitter @thescarproject and the SCAR Blog.

Copyright 2011 © David Jay Photography


Molly’s P.INK Tattoo

Personal Ink (P.INK)

P.INK provides tattoo inspirations, ideas, and artist info to breast cancer survivors. To share or pin your own stories, design ideas, and favorite artists, email help@p-ink.org.

It’s difficult to overstate how difficult breast cancer can be for the sufferer, and surviving it can be especially challenging if surgery has left patients with scars, amputations or other changes to their body. Now, the P.INK campaign aims to use decorative tattooing to help women cover up marks, forge community bonds and increase self-esteem.

The platform operates as a Pinterest group, where users can post their own stories about dealing with breast cancer, show off tattoos they already have and share design ideas for others. The pinboard, which was set up by advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bugowsky and social cause marketing firm David Clarke Cause, already details the journey of Molly, who was left with scarred nipples after a mastectomy and had trouble finding resources relevant to her ideas for tattooing the area. P.INK aims to provide a resource for those like Molly, connecting them with tattoo artists with experience of breast inking and creative types with ideas for designs, as well as with others in a similar situation. Users can then [...] continue the story