Lisa Before & After

Cancer be Glammed

The picture on the left is what I looked like prior to my breast cancer diagnosis. The picture on the right (still me) was shot three months later. By then, I had undergone a double mastectomy and was in the midst of my chemotherapy.

It took a lot of courage for me to make my very private cancer picture public. But then I thought about the tremendous courage it takes for a woman to walk into her children’s school or her office for the very first time after she has lost her hair.

I thought about the strength it takes to wake up to drains, disfiguring scars and an altered body shape and image. And I thought about the determination and heart it requires to walk into that chemotherapy or radiation treatment room, day after day, week after week, and for some women, even longer.

I used to joke to my friends that, “Cancer makes you check your vanity at the door.”

But in reality, it has nothing to do with being vain. It’s about trying desperately to hold on to your “sense of self ” or who you are, when the ground is constantly shifting under your feet.

I sounded the battle cry for women as I burned my ugly, depressing, mastectomy bras. I admit it–it felt goood! But the video was a humorous way to make a more serious statement.

Women deserve to recover with their confidence and self-esteem intact. They deserve to be prepared for the side effects of surgery and treatment and they deserve to have the opportunity to look and feel the best they can, when they can.

In other words…Cancer – Be – Glammed.


  1. Kelly Bradford April 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    truly amazing! my grandmother beat breast. & ovarian cancer. and several other family members battled colon cancer and lung cancer. it was hard watching her go through it, but like you she was strong, and ready to tackle it head on. thank you for sharing your story. it really helps put things (cancer) in perspective. cancer runs in my family, and it scares me, especially that it’s in my family and I’m high risk. you are an amazing. strong, and beautiful woman, instead & out. you show a positive and encouraging side of cancer. most hear the word cancer and automatically see the grim. I admire you for who you are and what you’ve been through (overcome) and I wish you good health, and happiness. I will pray for you <3. God bless!

  2. Janet April 17, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I gthink you are Beautiful in both pictures!! Hugs…..

  3. Jonathan April 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    MY PRAYERS GO WITH YOU! And I still see you as a very beautiful lady!

    • Lisa Lurie October 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you Kelly, Janet, and Jonathan for your lovely comments. Kelley, I completely understand how you feel. Having had cancer, I live in its shadow everyday. The best advice I can give you is to be a constant advocate for yourself. Stay on top of health check-ups, know your body well, and don’t stop pursuing medical attention if you think something is wrong. Equally important, live and enjoy your life! Don’t let the fear of the future rob you of today. Best wishes to all of you.

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