Inspirations: Breast Cancer Survival

{Disclaimer: This post contains what some may consider graphic images and partial nudity}

Unless you live under a rock I am sure you are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and anything and everything is about a pink ribbon...even the NFL players wear pink gloves and shoes. As my Grandma passed away a victim of the disease I am certainly an advocate of raising awareness. Today's post was intended to jump on the bandwagon and to be a culmination of all things pink for your home...and, maybe I will still do that post...but after participating in Race for the Cure this weekend, and seeing how many people were survivors of this cancer and how many people were impacted by loved ones who have suffered through it it really opened my eyes and further softened my heart to the reality of breast cancer. You, see, sometimes you have to step away from the hype and surface level "support efforts" (you know the ones that make you feel like you are doing your part but offer a cushy barrier so that you don't actually have to get emotionally involved or invested) and allow yourself to view the painful and heartbreaking reality of the situation...and be motivated and inspired and uplifted and hopeful by that because, breast cancer is not just a pink ribbon...


I found this website, The SCAR Project by photographer David Jay and have never been more moved. I was barely a teen when my Grandma passed and, although I experienced some of the hardships of the hosptial visits and medications and certainly experienced a slow and gradually increasing heartbreak as I viewed her diminishing health, I never fully understood the depths and dimensions of this horrendous cancer. What it robs you of...how it steals your womanhood...So, today I have provided you with (what I consider) some of the less graphic images on his photography website. Images that offer a lens of truth and transparency and reality to this month of support...a lens that offers a sense of inspiration and power in healing and hope...

"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."  

For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it. Through these simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward with pride."

This month, this cancer is more than a pink ribbon, 

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