Cancer is like having a monkey on your back


Stomp on #cancer like it stole your wallet via @lynneknowlton


Because you can.

Give it a swift kick in the gonads*.

Because YOU can.

Don’t let it kick you in the gonads*.

Because it can.


* I promise to never say gonads on the bloggy again.  My eyes.  My eyes.  LOL.

They say that a man only goes to the hospital if it involves his Penis.

 After I saw this sign at Princess Margaret Hospital today, I’m starting to believe it :

Stomp on cancer like it stole your wallet via @lynneknowlton #cancer #fightCANCER #believe

Love  the  ‘man  to  man’  part –  too  funny!

 Believe me, I don’t think that cancer is all moon beams and fairy dust.

It’s not.

It can be a mother f*%#er.

Yes , that is a strong word.

 It is so strong, I didn’t dare spell the whole word out.

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I  just  lost  myself  LAUGHING

My mother and my dog read this blog.  I have a reputation to uphold.

After that F-bomb, my reputation may have just stepped out the door. haha!

Truth is:

Cancer can be a Debbie Downer on all levels.   Just ask anyone who is fighting the good fight.

It is wicked.  Wicked on epic levels of wickedness.

There are many times when each and every one of us want to punch cancer in the head.

So yes …

CANCER – You can KISS my ASS. <– a blog post about cancer.

And it is also about Living.

Cancer can KISS your ass too. Go ahead.

 Try it.

It freaking rocks to tell cancer to kiss it.

Kiss it where the sun don’t shine.

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Believe it  !!

Here is what I choose:

I choose to focus on the success stories.  Like Michael.  Like so many others who give it all they’ve got.

I think he is a success story.  I think they (cancer fighters) are a success story.

Michael is successfully alive.


Men, women, and children….they find ways to slap the C outta Cancer.


Cancer is like having a monkey on your back.

Stomp on cancer like it stole your wallet via @lynneknowlton #cancer #fightCANCER #believe


Sometimes it plays with your hair,

Sometimes it plays funny games,

Sometimes it takes a big poop on your shirt.


You can quote me on that.


For each and every one of you who are touched by cancer…remember this….

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AND one thing is for sure….

For all of you who are touched by cancer : fight the good fight.

Fight it with all you’ve got.

Do you know someone with cancer?  Hold their hand.

Tell them that you love them.

Because it matters.  It really matters.

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Quote via “Life’s Little Instruction Book”


STOMP ON CANCER like it stole your wallet.


Stomp on cancer like it stole your wallet via @lynneknowlton #cancer #fightCANCER #believe

Thank  You  Princess Margaret,  for  reminding  us  to  BELIEVE.



Big love,




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62 Responses

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  2. Rene says:

    hi Lynne and Michael,
    I really enjoyed visiting your blog… you have a great eye for photography… and you’re funny!! lol


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Rene !!!!
      The worlds best stem cell harvester ! LOL !! Thanks for making our day so awesome yesterday ! Big love to you !!
      Bisous Bisous !
      Lynne and Michael

  3. Susan says:

    When the doctors give us a “life expectancy” after diagnosis, it’s statistics. Statistics don’t apply to individuals. Each of our bodies is unique; we are one-of-a-kind. Our fistfight with cancer will play out in a way that is unique to us . We can hugely influence the outcome with a positive, spunky, “I don’t quit, so bite me!” attitude.
    Winston Churchill said “Never, never, never quit!” That is my mantra, with some extra swear words added at the end. 😉

  4. Crocetta Sikorski says:

    I just read your blog today for the first time and in my view there’s no way your reputation will be tarnished for using the expletive ‘mother fucker’, if anything you should be applauded for being authentic and true to yourself. Unless someone walks a thousand miles in your shoes, they will never know what it’s like to live with can-cer. Expressing your views on cancer is not a time to be polite or to say what people want you to say so that nobody will feel squeamish or uncomfortable.
    So kudos to you, lynn.
    I’m guessing you’re the creator of the expression ‘do epic shit’ and I’ve decided to add it to my bucket list. Will let you know how things go.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Crocetta!!
      Your comment might be my ‘all time FAVE’ blog comment evvvhaaa! You are right…one must fight FIRE WITH FIRE…as they say! It is this comment section of the blog that truly keeps me inspired to keep writing AND dropping the F BOMB every now and again. LOL! It is incredible how comments to a blogger are like high-fives and cheers!! It is FANTASTIC !!!
      Thanks for the awesome comment !!!!!!!
      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  5. I’d leave a longer comment, but I’m off to do EPIC SHIT.



  6. Hmmm… recycled paper cards….I think I know a website that would be willing to carry them for you!

  7. Rose Dostal says:

    Glad your kickin’ the C out of cancer…That’s right. You go girlfriend! You’ve got the ancer to Cancer!!! xoxo


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      ROSE !!!!!
      Can I quote you on that one?! LOVE IT !!! Kicking the C outta cancer -> You’ve got the ancer to Cancer. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE !!
      I knew there was a reason why I instantly fell in love with you as one of my gal pals. You d’best. xx

  8. Don McKee says:

    Hi Lynne,Myself and my wife know how you feel about that dirty rotten CANCER,
    My wife’s brother had pancreatic cancer,he gave it his best shot but lost the battel
    in 1998,very sad.
    Our cousin has just had both breast’s removed and is going to go chemo in about one
    month,Just as a precaution,They got it all so every thing is verry up beat.
    Yah for the great Doctor’s in Michigan. The fight goes on!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Don
      It is sooooo sad when cancer takes the life of someone we love. I completely understand how that feels. The sadness never goes away, it just changes.

      It sounds like your cousin is on a very positive path of wellness. I hope she kicks cancer in the butt and sticks it where the sun don’t shine. May she shine through it all and continue her upbeat attitude. Wooohoooo!! Lynne xx

      • Don McKee says:

        Thank’s,Yes she is avery stong person,We know in our hearts that she will get through this,We all are behind her all the way.Whoop whoop,and away with the bad old Cancer. Don..

  9. I’m with ya all the way. My daughter beat it and she had it everywhere. But it never goes away. It’s always hiding around the corner or it will be the unexpected knock at the door. Oh ya – it sucks!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Pamela,
      So very true. It is the knock on the front door, or it is the shock of the monkey pooping on your shirt. At the end of the day, it is always great to be grateful to BE HERE for the end of each and every day. Cancer sure awakens us to the beauty of appreciating every moment in life. xx

  10. Dawna Jones says:

    Positive attitudes go along way in helping ones overcome and survive! Just letting these ones know that we are there is the most important thing we can do to help and support!

  11. Love this post! You should sell the can-cer vive photo! I’ll take two please.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hey Stefanie,
      That is a great idea, but I have no idea where to begin 🙂 It takes work to get my hair brushed most days. LOL. I suppose I could sell them on my SHOP page, but what do you think? Sell them as cards? Prints? Size? Hmmm…I am full of questions on a Monday morning BUT I LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea :))

  12. Danica says:

    Please swear more often, I love it. I also love you kick-ass attitude for everything that comes in your way.

    You inspire so many people.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Too funny! Thanks Danica,
      I seriously sweat it, wondering if I should dare to drop F-bombs in a blog post. So thanks for the support !!!! It gave me a hot flash, and then it made me pee my pants laughing.

      Reality is, cancer is a F-BOMB so why the heck not call a spade a spade? Or something like that. haha!

      Big huge love to ya sista!!
      Lynne xx

  13. Jessica says:

    Beautiful post… ahh yes that card… fuck all the fuckers, I say fuck ’em all!
    Yes, I have been told that I am a beautiful girl with a not so beautiful mouth! 😀

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hahaha!! Jess you are a hoot. I have to stay away from your pinterest boards today. I already pee’d my pants once. This is dangerous play. Dangerous ‘pee pee pants’ play.
      F*&^ CANCER.

  14. mom says:

    Inspiring…. You made me cry again…and laugh too. Have I told you today yet that I love you? Not for any other reason then because it’s you, hugs and love…. Mom

  15. Maribel says:

    Lynne, you rock! Love the can-cer survive part, give folks hopes with gusto. To give everything they got and more. I wish you all so much happiness, you’re inspiring, Yeah! funny, super funny quote on the hospital sign, I laughed so much, thanks for sharing.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Maribel!
      Cancer deserves a good ass whooping! I believe in fighting FIRE with FIRE. As soon as it steps in the front door, I think it is time to boot it out the back door. Thanks for the unwavering AWESOME SUPPORT !!!
      Big hugs!!

  16. Pamela says:

    Believe. Believe. Believe. Miracles do happen. Thanks Lynne for reminding us.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE. That is the ticket.
      Thanks for sharing your awesome thoughts Pamela!!
      Lynne xx

  17. Linda says:

    Lynne, at this very second my life (and those immediately around me) are f’n cancer
    I will keep your pep talk today for our future. THANK YOU!!!! 😉

  18. Michael says:

    Good for you potty mouth (laughing). You’ve been listening to Tony Robbins talk to 6000 people. I think he rubbed off on you – oh wouldn’t he like that?! Too funny.

    You speak the truth about men only going to the dr. only when it involves their penis. That’s, after all, my story and … I’m sticking to it!

    As for your post, you must know what an inspiration you are to me. We are so blessed in our lives and I love how we can share our story and have FUN doing it.

    I remind myself daily of the GRATITUDE I have for all we have in our lives. I am a can-cer viver and I believe in miracles. We make a great team.
    Post again soon.
    Michael. Xoxo

    • Rose Dostal says:

      Aww…you two love birds are sooo beautiful. Sorry, I’m butting in this beautiful solo moment with you! Haha…I just love intruding. I also love your wife, Michael. Well, not as much as you do, I’m sure and not in the same way:-) I’m one of the designers she met up in Chicago last April. She’s a hoot! Thanks for sharing her with us…
      p.s. glad you’re kickin’ the C out of cancer!

      • Lynne Knowlton says:

        Stop Rose,
        Michael is going to begin to wonder what we did in Chicago. LOL!!! And you can butt in any time BUT it would be best if you butt in to the TREEHOUSE for some awesome treehouse convo’s. I seriously think we need to plan a tweet up girls road trip!!
        Love ya,
        Lynne xx

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      I love you with all my heart and soul sweetheart. xx

  19. Suzanne says:

    Good for Michael, and good for you. So glad that Michael beat the “c” word. Must fight always, My Mother was given 6 mos to live stage 4 Inflammatory breast cancer 8 yrs ago she is still cancer free, Thank God! You fight the good fight and I am so happy for you both.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      That is so freaking incredible. Stage 4? 6 months to live? Your Mom is a walking miracle. How AWESOME! xx

      • Suzanne says:

        She had a double mastectomy, 6 months of Chemo followed by 6 months radiation. It is a total miracle. Inflammatory breast cancer doesn’t usually present until its stage 3 or stage 4. She lives in small town in oklahoma her doc told her it was cancer in his opinion but couldn’t do anything because he was going on vacation. Really???? i flew her to NYC the next day and she was seen the same day here. Thank God!

        • Lynne Knowlton says:

          You know how to move a mountain to make things happen. Good on ya!!
          Double hug for that one!!!!!

  20. Janet says:

    How is It that you just made me crack up laughing and cry both at the same time?
    I totally love you!!
    Suck it cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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