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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
Lady below.



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


–Finish These


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

LINKS Of Interest :   WHY We Ink on Facebook

Kelly in \”Breast Cancer Stories\” on Amazon

Kelly\’s Story on Huffington Post

Find out more about Breast Cancer Prevention Here

~~~ 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

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    karen sosnoski
    July 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Loved the interview and the photos (particuarly the one of Kelly w/ her fiance–both of them so beautiful, his expression so trusting. Yes Kim, she–her self acceptance and willingness to be in love with life instead of becoming victim of its harder parts–is tremendously exciting. Thank you for interviewing/writing/posting!

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    Wendy Skinner
    July 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Terrific interview–short and very sweet–and strong! Thanks goes to both of you for being a role models for women!

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    Debi Pasricha
    July 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Ah! I saw Kelly’s photo on Facebook and was wide-eyed: She emanates such strength and beauty and a kick-ass attitude. A dear friend of mine just had a double mastectomy and is in the depths of treatment now. She has two young sons. Your words, Kelly, give us (friends of friends with cancer) strength as well; strength to support our friends, to speak out and not be shy about cancer and mastectomies. Your are beautiful. Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your journey with us. Love the pic of you and your fiancé!! Blessings.
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    lisa thomson
    July 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    What a terrific inspiration Kelly is! She is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing her story here, Kim.
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    Ann Davidson
    July 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I am Kelly’s mother, and I am very proud of her. Kelly has had a long journey with some bumps along the way, but because of her positive attitude has always managed to focus on the road and steer in the right direction. When Kelly was diagnosed at 11 years of age with Hodgkin’s , I remember seeing her in the hospital with tubes down her throat, after having surgery. She always managed to wear a smile. Even after surgery for Breast Cancer ……. she managed to accept having a double mastectomy and could hardly wait to get a tattoo across her chest. She is one of the strongest people I know…..considering everything she has had to deal with, physically and emotionally. I hope that Kelly can continue to inspire others with her story. Kelly………you are beautiful……and I love you very much.

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      My Inner Chick
      July 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Dear, Ann,

      One of the reasons Kelly is strong is because she has “YOU” for a mother.

      Sending Lots love your way. Xx

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    Doug Strudwick
    July 13, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’m the gent in the picture with Kelly. From the moment I met Kelly, she enchanted me and left me in awe. We live and love life and treat eavh day as precious. She makes my life worth living and joining her on this journey has inspired me in ways beyond words. Her strength is her self acceptance. It is what makes her beautiful and sensual as well. I love you Kelly. Now and forever.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Kelly is blessed to have you in her life.
      You. Are. Both. Beautiful…& Oh, So Inspiring. <3
      Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

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    Vidya Sury
    July 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    What a truly gorgeous woman you are, Kelly! I just stood up and applauded. My Grandmother had breast cancer and had to have her breasts removed when she was in her forties. She’s over 90 now and doing just fine.

    How lovely to see your Mother comment here, Kelly! Huge hugs to you!

    Kim, thank you for such an inspiring interview. Oh, the photos are just fabulous. I yearn for a tattoo now!

    Hugs. Beauty is within. Always.
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    Hotly Spiced
    July 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Great interview Kim. To have cancer once is bad enough but to have been diagnosed four times and she’s only 34? That’s unbelievable. What a strong, courageous and beautiful woman xx

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    Beverly Diehl
    July 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Kelly is incredibly beautiful. She would be beautiful with breasts, or one breasts, or no breasts and no tats – but her chest tattoo IS stunning.

    Mi, thanks for sharing her story and photos. Kelly, may you live LONG LONG LONG and prosper.
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    Amy Tong
    July 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Great interview and very inspirational. I love Kelly’s courage and braveness! Remind me to be grateful of what I have and cherish people around me.
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    July 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    What a beautiful woman inside and out. I love what she said, ” I stay positive because of the people I surround myself with…”. That is a powerful truth right there – surrounding yourself with support and getting rid of toxic negativity!

    I adore the pix with her fiancé – the peace and love on their faces. A powerful interview with a and by a powerful woman. You always inspire Kim. Big love your way.
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    July 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

    What an inspiring interview my friend, thank you for sharing Kelly’s incredible determination 🙂

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    Valentine Logar
    July 14, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Kim thank you for this one!

    Kelly, you are ‘da bomb’. Beautiful, feminine, inspirational, strong and with great tats! What more. The pictures bring you to life, if the eyes are the windows to the soul yours are proof positive of a warrior within.

    Doug is fortunate in his recognition of you as you are in finding a someone to stand beside you.

    Thank you both for this wonderful interview and the beautiful pictures.

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    July 14, 2013 at 5:57 am

    What a great inspiration you are to men and women everywhere! You are one beautiful lady inside and out.
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    July 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

    What a wonderful role model Kelly is for our generation and generations to come. She is the most positive, love filled and remarkable lady who has overcome more than most of us could ever imagine!
    Thank you for bringing her to us with your interview darling Kim.
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    Sending you love and hugs from a cold SA.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    Ellen M. Gregg
    July 14, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Kim, it stands to reason you’d interview a woman who shares the level of strength, honesty, and love you display here.

    Kelly, I see the beauty of your tattoo as an outward symbol of the beauty of your heart and soul. I love that you chose to do what was best for you rather than what may be the more popular choice. Certainly reconstruction has its place, and may be easier from a societal standpoint, but it isn’t for everyone and doesn’t need to be. Your choice and the pictures you’ve made public may be just what many women faced with the decision need, in order to do what is truly best for them, too.

    Deep peace and bright light to you and yours.

    And Kim… Thank you for bringing Kelly to us. Big love, honey. 🙂 xoxo

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    July 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Very Inspirational!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    July 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

    THIS is the role model we need for young girls today! So beautiful and strong. Great interview Kim!
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    July 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Great Interview Kim! I agree with the other comments above, Kelly is definitely a role model and inspiration.

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    July 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What a great interview, and not only Kelly is a great inspiration to women, but also to men. I think
    Kelly is strong, brave, & beautiful.
    Love You

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    Kristy @Loveandblasphemy
    July 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    We need women like her to inspire us and show us how strong we all are. Beautiful!
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    Jann Huizenga
    July 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Kim, thank you for introducing us to this absolutely gorgeous woman. I also love the comments from her mom and Doug. This trio enriches our world. xxxxxxxxx
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    Annette Molitor
    July 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I LOVE the good use of her tattoo. I have 1 tattoo myself, and it holds symbolism. My one and only DOVE tattoo below my naval, reminds me that I’m a daughter of God and I’m free to be me and loved as I am.

    Thanks for sharing this on your blog Kim, and Kelly, thanks for sharing your bravery.

    Blessings! Annette

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    What an amazing woman Kim! Thanks for introducing us to her-you asked such great questions too! I really enjoyed reading this interview 😀 xxx
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    July 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What an incredible story. What a remarkable woman. Thanks for sharing Kelly’s story. I love the artwork on her chest and her story is so inspiring. Hugs!
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    Goodness and Grit
    July 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    What an incredibly beautiful lady. The pictures are
    are stunning! I love how her inner beauty radiates, yet her outer beauty
    Is still her dominate force. Not everyone gets both inner and outter beauty, as well as the ability to
    to handle both! Great story with sharing Kim!

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    July 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    A truly beautiful woman, inside and out. Thank you, Kim, for sharing this with us.
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    July 15, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I love the expression on her face in that last picture. It is the epitome of determination. Great interview.
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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    July 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Kimmy, So glad you had Kelly here so we can get to know her. I missed her story on Huff Post. We have such a skewed view of beauty in our culture and it takes brave people like Kelly to go out there and shake things up. Though how can you not see just beauty here? I guess you preach to people with eyes to see and ears to hear. Honored to be in your tribe, a bow of thanks to Kelly!

    I will refer to this with every client to needs it!
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    Mandi Noel
    July 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this woman’s amazing story! She is truly beautiful inside and out! So often we feel down about ourselves and the way we look, and things like this remind us that despite what we think of as flaws, we are all beautiful. If we embrace ourselves just as we are, our confidence will speak volumes and the world will see us as beautiful as well. Thanks for that reminder!
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    July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Thanks for portraying Kelly’s soul – the real essence of the tattoos. People who only focus on the tattoos might need to learn about respecting other people’s choices. Or, they might ask themselves what makes it any more appropriate or “prudent” to plant foreign objects in one’s chest! It’s only “the thing to do” IF that’s the person’s choice.


    Her body is her business and I like her message. A LOT!
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    July 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Wow wow wow – this blew me away! So inspiring and beautiful!
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    July 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    She is a women beyond the ordinary with courage to match. what an inspiration to all those who battle this terrible illness or face other and apparently insurmountable difficulties
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    July 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I loved your interview Kim, and I love this woman. She truly is beautiful and sexy inside and out (ok, so cliché, but so true!)
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    July 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Amazing interview and an amazing lady… I have never been a fan of tattoos, and I never expected to say that one is beautiful, but this one sure was…
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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    July 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    What an amazing woman. I hope I can say that at the end too.
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    July 16, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Kim thank you for sharing this with us, it was an amazing interview. Kelly you are such an inspiration! You truly have surrounded yourself with supportive and loving people. Your story is a great reminder to us not to sweat the small stuff, thanks so much.
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    July 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Fabulous! Beautiful. Strong. Amazing. I think both of you are stellar. When I first saw the photos I was taken by the strength and later by the beauty. I’ve always believed a woman’s inner loveliness, her tell, comes out when she sheds her outer self and allows her inner personal to come through.
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    Charlene Ross
    July 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

    What a fantastic interview Kim. Kelly Davidson is a rockstar. (And so are you, my friend.)

    I just LOVE that picture of Kelly and Doug. I could feel their love come right through my computer screen!
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    July 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Kelly is definitely inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this Kim. I want to cry yet I’m just in awe of her strength and beauty.
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    Ms. CrankyPants
    July 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Wow. Just wow. Amazing interview with an amazing woman. So inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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    Adriana Boatwright (@AdrianaIris)
    July 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing her with us. She is amazing so beautiful that I won;t cheapen it with my words.

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    Pure Complex
    July 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Women like her inspire me. This was such a touching story and one I was so happy to read today. Loved this post
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    July 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Wow. What strength. Inspirational.

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    July 20, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Kim, what an incredibly touching story, amazing pictures and inspirational interview that is leaving me with lots to think about and a feeling of respect and awe that I cannot really put in words…

    Thank you so much for posting this outstanding post, Kim!
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    July 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Great interview. Is this the same woman whose photo on Faceback and was pulled? She is beautiful, the body work is beautiful and the love between her and fiance is inspiring. Thanks for sharing her story.
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      My Inner Chick
      July 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Yes, I think they pulled the photo…but after an outrage of angry protesters, they were forced to put it back on.

      I should HOPE so. Idiot people.

      Thank God. Kelly’s story needs to be told. Her photo needs to be shown.

      She has NOTHING to be ashamed about. EVER. xx
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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    A really wonderful interview, Kim. Kelly is beautiful.
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    July 21, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Nice! This society has such narrow definitions of beauty. The artwork is a tribute to her struggle, and she has a beautiful soul.
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    July 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    What an inspiring story. So courageous and gutsy. Thank you for sharing this!
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    July 24, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Kelly, you are an inspiration for us all, women. Your story shows me to love and make love to life without looking back. Your tattoo empowered the true beauty of femininity. Thumbs up!

    Kim, you are just fabulous!
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    July 25, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Kim, Kelly is truly remarkable! What an inspiring woman. I am awestruck by her beauty, wisdom and bravery. She most definitely embodies beauty and teaches us that when we believe we are beautiful, we just are. Wonderful, wonderful interview, my friend! Loved it! 🙂

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    July 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    What an amazing, inspiring woman… I am in AWE of the artwork on her chest. Absolutely gorgeous–she is stunning, both inside and out.

    Thanks for this incredible interview!
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    Girl with a New Life
    July 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

    She is a moving example of a strong and thriving woman. High five on this interview.

    Whatever time I would have spent at the mirror today being critical — I won’t.
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    Duffy Grove
    August 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Just want to say that as a woman with no breasts thanks to breast cancer, I just love that Kelly made the same choice to have no further surgery or implants. I cannot say that I have not struggled with self-image. I have, but there are times, too, when I feel very free.

    I’m 71 years old now, 47 when the first breast was removed, 67 when the second was removed. If I had not developed lymphedema shortly after the second surgery, I would have followed Kelly’s example and had something wonderful tattooed on my chest.

    Even now, Kelly has sparked a new desire in me to do away with troublesome prosthesis and just be who I am now.

    So, thank you, Kelly from and old but new admirer.


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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

      I shall send this onto Kelly.

      Love to you, Dear Duffy! Xx

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    Kelly Davidson
    August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I dont even know where to begin but thank you so much everyone, i am truly humbled. I am so very lucky to have wonderful parents who have been my rock and my husband who loves me for “my inner chick”. And trust me to the negative peeps, there are no complaints in the bedroom lol. I dont need to justify to anyone the decisions i made because they made me happy. I just hope any negative people never have to deal with cancer. Thanks again everyone and much love 🙂

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      My Inner Chick
      August 7, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Nobody gives a DAMN about the Negative People. They don’t matter.

      We care about YOU.
      We care about the freedom of choice.
      We care about liberating yourselves.
      We care about LOVE.

      BRAVO! Bravo!

      Kelly, you are a hero. xx
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    August 25, 2013 at 2:40 am

    This is fantastic, Kim. My God, Kelly is AWESOME.
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