The Scar Project

The SCAR Project
Today….today I was online looking for something and I ran across this very powerful web site called The SCAR Project. It 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.”

I will say up front I have no idea what it must be like to have breast cancer. I have never had any kind of cancer but it has touched my life in many ways. I lost a wonderful parent to adenocarcinoma of the neck 12 years ago, and have had several women close to me have breast cancer (and survive). They have been from one extreme to another; full double mastectomy, partial mastectomy, single mastectomy and lumpectomy. My husband’s aunt passed away from breast cancer several years ago. And even though the big “C” is no longer a death sentence, it can instill fear in anyone who hears that word because there are so many unknowns. It has no discrimination. Cancer affects the young, old, healthy, wealthy and wise. We should NEVER think it can never happen to us. But how we respond can be the difference between life and death.

It is difficult to say what one would do if they got cancer. Some say, “I would do whatever it took to survive!” or “I saw what (fill in the blank) went through and there is no way I would do chemo!” But their very words may come back to haunt them once they are put in that exact situation and they will do the very opposite of what they “thought” they might do. I try not to speculate. I just pray I never have to make that decision.

The SCAR Project really struck a chord with me because it made breast cancer a little more humanized. It showed men and women’s beauty and that they are more than just their cancer. There are all of these other lovely parts too. You can see the “inside” of them from these gorgeous portraits. Those of us who have never had cancer can’t necessarily empathize with what it feels like but we can certainly help those we love on their journey with love, peace, prayer and understanding. We must also remember to focus on the other parts of the person and not just identify them with the disease. The person we care about is still there and they need us to remember that! See past the physical…… walk with them on their path no matter what choice they made. It is THEIR life! Even if you do not agree with their choice, support them and be there for them. They will need you now more than ever……..

12 thoughts on “The Scar Project

  1. Such a beautiful post . Women who fight breast cancer ; I believe , are the great warriors the world has ever seen . The maturity and ability to express themselves , to love themselves even after the disease hits them , the ability to smile and cheer , it’s just something that shows women power . Seriously ,Hats off to all the women , who is going through cancer right now .

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    • Thank you priyanka….I agree 100%. It is amazing what I have seen these women endure and come out on the other side, stronger more confident people. Cancer certainly changes your life.

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    • So many people use pink ribbons and wear them with no real sentiment of what it truly stands for. They do it “because everyone else is doing it” *sigh* Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by SueAnn. I was thinking of you (and others) when I wrote it. 🙂

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  2. This sounds incredible, I will have to check them out. I love that people conceive of these sorts of projects… have you seen the video where women are all dolled up in outrageous makeup/wigs and then photographed in that candid moment of shock when they see themselves? It’s women who have been through chemo… different than this but a similarly creative way of talking about breast cancer and spreading awareness. I envy such big thoughts sometimes.

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    • I was really moved by the photographs. I have heard of the other project also but I haven’t seen any of the photos from it. I will have to look that one up too. I just thought it would be nice to see a positive perspective on such a vicious disease…

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  3. I think supporting those who go through the fight against cancer is a good way to go. And I don’t mean wearing a pink ribbon! You’re right, we need to BE there to help those who have to fight, see their body destroyed in some way, and help them find reasons to be happy to live …still. Great post.

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    • Thanks Pamela…. Not that wearing a pink ribbon is a bad thing, it’s just not enough by itself. Some people are not equipped to help someone through such a difficult journey, but letting them know you can do something small like run an errand for them or that you are praying for them can give comfort 🙂

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  4. Lumps run in my family no one has had breast cancer, other cancers. My grandmother had a mastectomy, my mother had lumps removed, my sister and daughter too. I go for a mamo on one or the other every six months. I hate it but It’s early detection that’s the key.

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    • Yes….it makes all the difference in the world. It can mean the difference between life and death. I go once a year because I have fibrous breasts and a lump may be difficult to feel. But when I had a cyst come up last year I found it. Thank God it went away on it’s on…but it scared the Bejesus out of me! 😦

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