The Knocker Jotter

 
Two breast cancer survivors known as the Scarletts have launched a unique project to raise awareness of cancer surgery, treatment and life beyond the disease, as well as vital funds for the charity who gave them support. 

A few months ago Andrea Partridge, CancerCare’s Volunteer and Engagement Co-ordinator, and Sarah Drake, a volunteer at the charity, met a lady who was about to undergo surgery as part of her treatment for breast cancer. She was terrified at the prospect – scarring, types of reconstruction, losing her femininity - all things that hundreds of women with a cancer diagnosis face every day.

Andrea and Sarah (aka The Scarletts) have both been through the same illness. They took time to talk to her, even showing her their scars, and this reassurance and support was enough to help her make decisions about her own treatment choices.

 This act led to the beginnings of an inspirational project – The ‘Knocker Jotter’.

 
CoverText jotter
 

Everyone in the ‘Knocker Jotter’ is a member of Phoenix (an online support group supported by Lancaster based charity CancerCare) and has been, or is, going through the harrowing journey of cancer, the diagnosis, the treatment, the side effects and living with them all.

 Cancer, and particularly, breast cancer, attempts to strip women of their physicality, visual identity, taking their hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and on many occasions, their breasts, leaving behind physical and mental scars. The ‘Scarletts’ wanted to share their personal experiences and let others know that whatever they may be going through, others have also faced it and no one needs to feel alone.

 

 Andrea (pictured) says; 

Andrea Knocker Jotter Pic

"Through the portraits in the Jotter, we wanted to take back ownership of our bodies, to share our scars and our new selves, to be proud of who we are, the journeys we have been on and the new women we have become.

 The time spent together during the photo shoot was a significantly empowering experience. We shared our journeys, our fears, our tears, our hopes, our scars.

 We hope as others fill in the pages of the journal our stories, our words and our portraits will help empower them on their journey.”

 
 

To order your copy of the Knocker Jotter (a minimum donation of £10 per copy plus P & P) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01524 381 820. 

Notes and Background

CancerCare North Lancashire and South Lakeland, is an independent, local charity based in the North of England which provides professional complementary treatments and advice by qualified and experienced staff to cancer patients, their families and their carers.

 Sarah Drake and Andrea Partridge have both been supported by CancerCare during their own cancer treatments and their involvement continues today with Andrea working for the charity and Sarah a very active volunteer.

 Andrea wanted the charity to offer more for clients who were still working or had young children and struggled to attend services during the day so she formed ‘Phoenix’ - An online group bridging that gap – instant and available 24 hours a day, tapping into today’s busy world. The group now has over 120 members who actively support each other through cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Many ‘real’ friendships have been formed and the group participates in many events. Find out more about the group >>


 The Knocker Jotter Project is kindly sponsored by:

BSG Solicitors