still me, I’m still beautiful. I don’t need breasts to feel that way or to portray that to other people–Kelly Davidson
Canadian, Kelly Davidson, 34, has battled
three kinds of cancer in her short lifetime. She has survived Hodgkin’s
lymphoma, breast, and thyroid cancers. Kelly had a double mastectomy at age
28, but rather than reconstructive
surgery, she opted for a tattoo across her chest. Read my interview with this fabulous Tattoo’d
K: Hello, nice to meet you, Kelly. I’ve been looking forward to this interview.
Kelly: Hey Kim, so lovely to meet you as well 🙂
K: When I initially saw your breathtaking photo online, I was immediately drawn to your, you know, fabulous tattoo. There is something edgy and exciting about
women with tattoos, but your tattoo is especially exceptional. Can you tell us about it? What does it reveal about your journey thus
Kelly: My tattoo is a symbol of strength, a badge of honor, it’s a
constant reminder that I won the battle and I am still here living and enjoying
life. The images are things I love: fantasy scenery, gerber flowers and
fairies….everyday I get to look at this beautiful piece of art.
K: They say God only
gives us as much as we can handle. I’ve
been wondering who “They” are. How do you stay focused, alive, and optimistic
after being diagnosed w/ cancer 4 times?
Kelly: I stay positive because of the people I surround myself
with, my family, and now, my fiancé is helping me stay strong. I am
positive because I have no other choice. Life is too short and wonderful. It would be a
shame to spend it being negative. I am alive and I intend to live it to the
K: Did you expect the
enormous outpouring of love and acceptance after you posted your now famous
photo? Why do you think so many women
have responded in such a powerful way?
Have men responded in a similar way?
Kelly: I did not expect the reaction at all, but I am glad about
it. The definition of beauty and femininity is changing…maybe in a revolutionary
way. Women have responded this way because my photo portrays that losing
your breasts and going through breast cancer doesn’t mean you lose your femininity
or sexiness or confidence. This comes from
within. It is how you chose to look at
your situation, embrace it, and make the best of it. Men have also responded in a positive way
because of the same reasons.
K: Several women choose
to get reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy. What
made you decide not to?
Kelly: My decision to not have
reconstruction was for several reasons, one being that I had already gone
through multiple surgeries and didn’t want more. After speaking with my family, we discussed another
tattoo since I already had them.
K: I would
absolutely love to see you on the cover of Vogue or Cosmopolitan with a caption
exclaiming– “I kicked cancer’s ass!” Would you be open to this idea?
Kelly: I would love to be on the cover of a magazine, I was just
in Elle Magazine in Bulgaria.
I think how society views beauty needs to change, needs to be viewed
K: Have you received
any negative feedback about your choice to pose openly, freely, and beautifully
with your new body?
Kelly: With the good comes the bad. People have different opinions. I chose to not let the negativity get to
me. To each their own.
K: When I look at you
I see strength, perfection, and femininity in an entire new light. I see a woman who has transformed the face of
beauty. What do you see when you look
in the mirror?
Kelly: Thank you for your kind words. I don’t really know how to
respond to that. I just see me….Kelly
My favorite word is…LOVE
True beauty is…within you.
You just need to let it out.
I am reading… nothing at the moment but I did
start Fifty Shades Of Grey (laughs)
What turns me on is… my fiancé,
In my weakest hour…I may cry and
feel down, but I think to myself ‘things could be worse,’ so, I shake it off
and just keep going. I have great supporters
When I walk thru the pearly gates,
I want to hear God say….I’m not religious but lets just say I would yell out—
‘ I lived, I loved, and I laughed to the
fullest and regretted nothing!
~Don’t think of this as a bad thing or giving up, just keep going on with your life– Kelly Davidson
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~~~ Dear, Reader, I hope Kelly inspired you as much as she inspired me…..Please leave all of your comments for Kelly and I shall pass them on to her. Thank You, dears! Xxx