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Attacking cancer | Dear cancer, here's a can of whoop ass. Open it. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Hey cancer, here’s a can of whoop-ass. Open it.

Dare you.

Double dare you.

It would appear that blog readers hanging around here are out to open a can of whoop-ass on cancer too.

Take that cancer.

And shove it up your whoop-ass.

  We are kicking ass and takin’ names.


You are it.



It is OK to get angry at cancer.

Angry as a pistol.

When cancer steps into your life, you want to throttle its presence.

Well~ go ahead.

Hoodwink it.

Play dirty.

 Take advantage.

 Get the upper hand.

Attacking cancer | Dear cancer, here's a can of whoop ass. Open it. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Whoop its ass and take its name.


Blogging surprises me every-single-day.

Why?  Because of YOU.

 When I started this blog I had no idea that I would meet some ahhhmazing souls.  To tell you the truth, I had no idea that anyone would even read the blog.  I had no idea that blog comments would land so deeply in my heart that it would take my breath away.  Your blog comments just grab a hold of me.  Some of them make me cry.  Some of them make me laugh out loud.

 All of them inspire me.

The comments move me to write more.

When I first started blogging, a business mentor of mine advised me not to write about cancer.  It is depressing, he said.   Don’t do it.  Then, I promptly did it.

I wrote about cancer.

There was an elephant in the room.  The elephants name was cancer.

Who can ignore an elephant ?

Not I, said the sheep.

I couldn’t help myself.  My fingers just typed and words just came outta my mouth.   Potty mouth.  Cancer just triggers words that are politically incorrect and downright offensive.

People usually stand back and take cover when I use that C word.

That hush~hush motherf*cker C word.


That word jolts me outta my seat.  Well, that is what cancer does in our lives.


 So why not fight fire with fire?

Why not fight it with love and throw in some laughter along the way?

Attacking cancer | Dear cancer, here's a can of whoop ass. Open it. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

At the time when I started this blog, I had something to say about cancer.  I still do.  I think I always will. WE all do.  Your comments and emails tell me that you have something to shout at cancer too.  You voice it.  I am so proud of you.

They say… if you are going through hell in your life…just keep on going.


Makes sense to me.  How about you?  We all keep on going.  We are all just out there taking the first step.  Then the next one.  One step in front of the other.  That ~in of itself ~ is monumental.  The best way around something is to just go through it.

There are no mysterious ways.  It isn’t a tsunami of swagger.  Just walk one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, you are there.  You made it through the heartache.  You made it through the tough times. You also found the good times.  The ones that made you laugh out loud.  You found the good stuff.  You made it.  That is how you get through cancer.


Baby steps.

Then big steps.

Then leaps of faith.


Attacking cancer | Dear cancer, here's a can of whoop ass. Open it. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

I believe, as a blogger, we should write from our hearts.  We should be authentic and true to our words.  The real stuff.   Not the stuff that makes us sound cooler than what we really are.  Just real.  Quite simply… real.


Write.  Write without being afraid to catch hell for it.

{{ It is scary as hell at times. }}

But write it anyway.

  I want to kick cancer in the crotch and I don’t want to ever be afraid to say it.

YOU are what helps me to shout out my words to the cyber-verse.   You are what gives me the courage to keep writing.  You are why I write.  You are my inspiration and encouragement to put pen to paper.

It is sometimes so hard to write the perfect words to capture it all.  So I Write.  Then Rewrite.

Write. Rinse. Repeat.

Coulda ~ woulda ~ shoulda

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But the words finally come out.  Whether I get them perfect or not….you are there for me to tell me that I am not alone.  I am so very grateful.


I need to remind myself that I won’t die a thousand deaths if I can’t get it all down exactly how the words seemed to sound in my head.


My goal is to inspire others to change their mind about cancer.  Change our thinking.  Not look at it through rose coloured glasses, but rather live our life with rose coloured glasses on …with or without cancer.  To live a fascinating life is to live a full life.  You can do it simply.  Do it REAL.  Do it with laughs and do it with love.  One step in front of the other.


Cancer talk. Unfiltered.


 Real life.  The awesome things in life.  Do you ever feel like you just want to stop, pause and take notice of them?  Do it.

You know all those things you have always wanted to do?  Do them.

Notice the simple pleasures in life.

The beautiful souls around you.

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I want to say THANK YOU.  Thank you to the beautiful readers behind my blog.  Thank you for always commenting.  Thank you for taking the time to read my nuttiness.  YOU are my inspiration to keep on blogging.



I recently received a blog comment and email from a complete stranger. A stranger ~one moment ~ a friend ~ the next moment.  Her name is Jessica.  I just had to share what she wrote :


I just discovered your blog.


I went to go to bed last night at an early time to get some extra zzzz’s and decided to check out pinterest on my phone.  Then I discovered your blog.

An hour a half later and a 1/3 box of used Kleenex crumpled on my bedside table… and I’m a devoted fan.

I adore your fresh take on design, but mostly I love your raw and honest writing about life, cancer, struggle…mixed with kick-ass humour.

You inspire.  You’re a beautiful person inside and out, and it radiates through your work,  design, your works, art and style.

The world needs people like you.

I’m studying to be an RN and I’ve lost people in my life to cancer.  I’ve never heard words that resonated so close to my own thoughts.

Have you written a book? I currently have a nursing instructor who is compiling her 25 year of nursing experience coupled with her incredible ability to write (much like yours). I will be the 1st to own a copy when it’s out. Well, probably the 8th, after everyone in her family.

Anyway, have you written or thought about writing a book? Seriously, when I write what I write I mean it.

Your words touched me so much and made me want to punch cancer in the throat.  And then it made me think that the way we approach cancer with our language and our attitude may be totally wrong.  Cancer is an entire experience and every type is different, and each treatment is different and the individual environments it occurs in every time it rears its ugly head is unique. It is so much more than a medical condition/disease/life-fucker.

It’s a whole entire experience.

Your blog is going to totally transform the way I see my clients and their families.

I think that you could help so many people because a lot of folks look at cancer through the traditional, medical, pop-culture and media created pair of out-dated eyeglasses.  And it’s not working for a lot of people.

So maybe, just maybe…we need a splash of cold water in the face and boot in the ass. Verbally speaking, I mean.

And I think Lynne Knowlton could deliver that face splashing and ass kicking.

Just sayin’.

Peace out and keep doin’ epic shit. I know I’m going to start putting more effort into exactly that.

Thanks for the inspiration.

I wish you the best and keep on keepin’ on.


Attacking cancer | Dear cancer, here's a can of whoop ass. Open it. | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jessica.

Thank you so very very very much.

Thank you to each and every one of you out there in the blog-o-sphere.

Thank you to those who share my blog posts, write comments and just keep coming back for more.  Thank you to the readers who read my posts and don’t even leave a comment.

 I know you are there.

 I can feel the epic {{ hugs }}

Thank YOU
Thank you.  

Was this a serious blog post?

 How weird is that?!

This shit got real.

 Continue to be fabulous.

For reals.

Take over the world with love.

Don’t be ordinary.

Go way beyond ordinary

Live extraordinarily.

Notice the small simple pleasures.

They all add up to extraordinary.




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  1. What’s up, all the time i used to check website posts here in the early hours in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more
    and more.

  2. VICKI says:

    I was only looking for balls, but I certainly found so much more. There are grapevine balls for sale at a local Estate Sale and I was trying to price them before going. Google and a sneaky God with humor led me here. What a special blog and girl writing it!
    I have breast cancer now, chemo and radiation are behind me, but I have other treatments until October. I do wish I could open a can of Whoop Ass for sure!! My doctor says I am curable, I hope cancer heard that!! I loved your SpongeBob quote on your video…such a touching piece of art honoring Michael. I hate cancer, but at the same time it has given me so much, and I can see you understand that…most folks think that’s a weird statement. It’s made me stronger, much more grateful, and hungry for life. I count everything now as JOY!
    I’m all over Pinterest, but I haven’t run into you….Imma gonna go there in a bit and visit your space. Best, Vicki

    • Wow Vicki !!!
      Thank you sooooo much for writing in to the blog. You sound like an awesome ball of fire too! It is truly inspiring to hear that other people GET IT. It is nutty how a negative thing like cancer can also bring light and love and happiness. It seems absurd to even type those words…but once you live it and breath it and just make the steps through it… you just GET IT. I am so thankful that you are living, breathing and loving life. Take THAT cancer, and open that can of whoop ass 🙂

      Keep fighting the good fight…
      Much love,

  3. Thank you Lynne. I am truly honoured. Not only that you read and like what I do, but that I am in such illustrious company. Big hugs to you and your gorgeous family from not snowy at all Scotland. xxx

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Well thank goodness for you Ms. Kellie… otherwise, I would be eating popcorn for dinner every night. OH….and you THINK I am joking. LOL. Keep rocking that blog of yours. If you ever need some company in Scotland, I will be on a plane tomorrow. I am always packed :). With a maiden name of McLean, I have a love for Scotland !

  4. Tracie says:

    Hi Lynne,
    Once again, you’ve managed to floor me. Your post is amazing and so are the people who have responded to it. It just makes me feel like we can face anything and that everything is possible if we just keep sharing ourselves and our experiences. You never know who you reach or what kind of an impact you have on others sometimes. I’m grateful that you are able to connect with us on a level that maybe others can’t and I am very thankful to be able to open up my mailbox and discover hope and humour wrapped up in a big can of whoop-ass…….:) You continue to rock, your family is too gorgeous for words, and I shake my head sometimes to think how lucky I am that I stumbled upon your blog. You remind me of how important my family is to me, and how important it is to let them know that. As always Lynne, keep it going, WE NEED YOU! Cheers and hugs!

  5. Kim Bee says:

    Lynne I love the hell out of you. You are both courageous and a crazy mofo-er. I dig that. When you said you wanted to kick cancer in the crotch I literally fell out of my chair. I swear when my dad had it I wanted to beat the tar out of it and everyone who looked sideways at me. I admire your positivity as most of us falter at times like this. I remember when dad was sick and I was taking care of him solo at the time, I finally got a break when a family member offered to sit with him for an hour. I went to the barn and I was so pissed when someone asked me how I was doing I told them if he didn’t pass soon I was going to wring his neck my mofo-ing self. I was so worn out and after I said it I was horrified. Then I laughed at the absurdity of it all. Then I sat in my horses stall and cried for like an hour while everyone pretended I wasn’t there. It’s amazing all the light and dark places it takes you. You are such an inspiration and I will stand next to you and hold your hand as you kick cancer in the mofo-ing crotch. Then I’ll hold it down while you finish it off.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Kim !

      I love how you write exactly how I am feeling. It is so true, isn’t it…how in the end…your emotions are like a roller coaster. I feel the same way sometimes. In fact, I think it is true, that when someone gets so very very sick, you WISH that the angels would come and take them. Sounds horrific to say that, but I truly believe in quality over quantity.

      The reality of cancer is all that crap in between too. The ups and downs. The excitement and the let downs. Real life. I love all that you write about on your blog and I am tickled pink that you came by and said hello.

      wow, I sounded all serious, didn’t I ?

      Back to shit and giggles now.

      xxo 🙂

  6. Ginny says:

    As a brand new subscriber to your inspiring and brilliantly written blog, and after sitting here for what was going to be a few minutes, but turned into over an hour, I have to say how much I admire all that you are. Jessica managed to put everything I’m feeling right now into her beautifully articulated words. Her patients will be so fortunate to have her, with her ability for empathy and understanding, as their nurse. I’m a mother of a now 24 year old pediatric cancer survior and can relate to everything you’ve said. Growing up and having to watch my best friend’s brother die of bone cancer when I was in the fourth grade and not having anyone to help me process or talk about it, I ended up being seriously terrified of the “C” word. Couldn’t ever bring myself to think about it let alone say it. But life has a tendancy to step in and teach you something about yourself you never realized. Ten years ago, with two young sons of my own, I rented a movie called Wit without knowing anything about the subject matter. I mindlessly grabbed it because I’m a big Emma Thompson fan. Two hours later when the movie ended, my husband and I sat stunned and in silence as we watched the credits roll, I finally gathered my thoughts enough to say, “I can’t possibly know that there are people having to endure this kind of fear, pain and suffering on their own and not do anything about it”. So with mixed feelings of terror and a strong need to right a wrong, I called the American Cancer Society to see if there was any kind of program to help people battling cancer who were pretty much on their own. I ended up registering as a driver/support person for patients with no means of getting to their cancer treatments. The process before being assigned your first cancer patient is (understandably) a bit lengthy, background checks, finding the right match, etc. but I kept calling to make sure they didn’t forget about me. Wanting to take this leap before I lost my faith in my ability! During the processing of my application, it was business as usual for us with family, friends, work, etc. Fast forward to a month and a half later (I had pretty much given up on being assigned a patient) we had just returned home from the hospital having had my son’s biopsy come back as a very aggressive bone cancer. Devastated doesn’t begin to describe how we were all feeling. After making phone calls and attempting to regroup and with my hands still shaking in a way I’d never before experienced, I started to go through the pile of mail that was on the kitchen table. I saw an envelope from The American Cancer society and immediately opened it. In it was everything I needed to know about the newly diagnosed woman I was assigned to help. I was numb…I was scheduled to take her to her first treatment in less then a week and here I was having to face the terrifying “C:” word as my own personal worst nightmare. You are so spot on, on all levels when it comes to the power of cancer. What it takes, what it gives… One (and there were many) of the most difficult things in the beginning for me was trying to muffle my cries with a bunched up towel, locked in my bedroom closet sitting on the floor and trying to say the words out loud first to myself, because I knew I’d have to say them over and over again to others. “My son has………..cancer” and even worse, “My beloved boy Brandon….has cancer”. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I or even my precious family could endure all that we did during that devastating time. But that’s the thing about love and the human spirit, we’re far stronger and resilient then we know. Cancer has taken a lot yes…but it has also given us all the gift of being present and living in the moment, made us even closer and unconditional as a family, appreciative and loving of one another, never parting ways without hugs and kisses…and also allowed us the inspiration, courage and strength necessary to run a nation-wide pediatric cancer for seven years. The day we closed our doors,was bittersweet, but we did so knowing we helped kicked cancer’s butt for hundreds of inspiring famlies and patients whom we otherwise would never have had the pleasure, humility and honor of getting to know. Thank you lovely Lynne for all that you are (your grace and talent are endless) and for sharing your inspiring story and your beautiful family. I accidentally happened upon you on Pinterest and then found my way to your blog) So glad I did! xo

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hello Ginny
      It was an absolute pleasure that you shared your story. Saddened by all that is going on in your life, but happy that you shared. I tried to rent WIT with no luck so far, maybe I could buy it somewhere on line. It sounds like such a moving movie….and REAL.
      Wowsers…it is EPIC that you touched so many lives and made such a difference to so many. Take THAT Cancer and kiss our butts !
      Thank you sooooo very much for hoping on my blog and commenting too. I really appreciate it.
      Much love to you !!!
      Lynne xx

  7. I think Jessica is spot-on: write the book. She is right that not only will you inspire yet more people who have a birds’ eye view/ringside seat (pick your own rubbish metaphor) of cancer, but you can better influence the people who care for those with cancer – in the home, at hospital, at work…. No pressure though! Keep keepin’ it real and sassy. And thanks for pix of your gorgeous family. Your best designs yet!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      You are so AWESOME. Thank you for the big cheer. I love that you are so great at following my blog and being such a source of inspiration for me, by leaving comments. *so very grateful*.
      I can learn from you ! I need to come and visit your blog more often. And brush my hair. More often. And write that book. 🙂 Big hugs…
      P.S. check my blog roll xx YOU STAR.

  8. Ramon says:

    My get up and go, got up and went, but you make me smile.

  9. Thank YOU, friend! You make me feel a little braver every time I come here…

  10. Mary Ann says:

    I always, always get something GOOD and lasting from your posts. Big thanks from another of your ‘quietly in the background’ readers.

  11. Liaa says:

    Lynne, I am one of your silent readers but I am so glad you can feel my hugs cause I send them to you every time I read your awesome words! Thank you,, thank you…and please keep blogging and inspiring me to live my life out loud!

  12. Tami says:

    I too found you via Pinterest. All I want to say is I thank God for you, I love you.

  13. Don McKee says:

    Keep on keeping on Lynne,You are an insperation to every one.
    As you may recall i said my Wife’s cousin was battling the bad ass Breast cancer,
    She is winning the battel,Yahoo! She is in the last part of her Chemo,
    Hopefully this will kick it’s butt for good.
    Keep up the great Blogging!

  14. Kerry says:

    you are wonderful xoxo

  15. Caron says:

    I agree with Jessica! Write That Book!` I would buy it – and know many that would benefit!

  16. Sidney Vendituoli says:

    You and your family are amazing. Thank you Lynn! I love reading your blog- even when it is about bad shit- you make me want to beat it up too!
    When are you coming to visit? Sid

  17. Maribel says:

    My strong friend, I love the way you empower us, your readers with your words, you give us awesome takes on design, but wonderful lessons about life as well …wishing you a fantastic year! Many hugs!

  18. Joyce says:

    Hi, Lynne,

    Spent some time catching up on your blogs on c. Just recently I have been able to bring it up without some emotional pain….at the same time became aware how very uncomfortable people are when you do.

    Also Thanks for the details about the stem cell process, always wondered.

    I think I mentioned before that my ono asked me if I prayed ….I said yes, he said 10% of hopeless cases are cured without docs & meds…the docs don’t know why.

    Anyway, I saw this nun in person (way before c) she came to church for 5 days – went to 4 of them… She is the real thing, I have read her book and have her tapes. You can read a bit of this book on this link.
    Thought I would share.

    Have a great time in Toronto, wish I were going…
    peace&luv joyce


    this is her website

  19. Mary says:

    Hey Lynne. Sorry there’s been no commenting from me for a while,,,,cancer’s winning here. Spending my days (and nights) at hospice. Cancer sux,,,and I’m too tired to fight back this week. Hugs my friend, & so glad everything’s well with you. (Is that island still waiting for us?)

  20. Lynne, Bonne Année! As always, love your direct and very real posts! Much blessings of health and joy to you and your beautiful family.

  21. Rose says:

    Wow……you always seem to amaze me..and that my friend says alot!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      That does ahhhmaze me, {Veronica} Rose. LOL. You don’t dish out compliments all willy nilly…so I am taking THAT compliment as a hug. Thanks for the hug. Luvs ya sista.

  22. Tracy Black says:

    Thank you. Again. I love your words every day – We learned my Dad has lung cancer two days ago, and I really needed to hear this today! It’s so hard to keep everyone from immediately going into mourning.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:


      I have goosebumps. Right down to my toes.

      I understand what you mean. It is really hard to not go into mourning. You start to miss them before they are gone.

      I wish you light, love, peace and great laughs with your Dad along his journey. It is your journey too. I know you will make it EPIC. I just know it.


  23. Catherine says:

    no, no . . . thank YOU!!!! Another epic post by a pretty motherfucking epic human being! xoxoxo

  24. mom says:

    Wonderful….I just love to hear your soul talking. Keep being you, my amazing daughter. You rock!!! Just Sayin…

  25. Love you! You are a hawt blogger, girl!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Thanks Denise,
      I have epic bloggers to learn from every-single-day.


      To my blogging pals…check out Denise’s site (just click on her name above) and she will teach you EPIC SHIT about blogging.

      Blog on !

  26. Suzanne says:

    Lynne, you have a way of putting things in perspective, your approach is irreverent, honest and straightforward.. We should not be afraid to let it all hang out, say what we feel and in doing so uplift and inspire. You do all of that and more. Keep these great posts coming, I so enjoy your style and love of life. You children are so beautiful as is the fluffy white doggie, Oliver. Keep on giving us your fresh and no holes barred perspective on life and design.. You are a gift!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ahhh Suzanne, thanks for sticking by me, through thick and thin. I thought you may just love my doggie pic 🙂 xx