For the third year running, fashion designer Stella McCartney is telling the stories of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The campaign, called #NoLessAWoman, features images by photographer David Jay, a fashion photographer who began taking images of women at different stages of breast cancer when a close friend was diagnosed in 2005 at just 29 years old.
David’s SCAR Project (an acronym for Surviving Cancer Absolute Reality) now features the portraits of 100 women and this year, mother of two Shannon is sharing her story for the first time.
Writing on the designer's website, Shannon said that on October 27, 2016, she was first forced to confront a reality in which she had cancer.
"I had started a new job around 6 weeks before, was still breastfeeding my (then) 8-month-old daughter, caring for my 2.5-year old and just feeling on cloud nine," she wrote.
"Everything was clicking into place in my personal life. Sure, there were the day to day struggles and life, but I was happy."
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While breastfeeding, Shannon developed mastitis. Although antibiotics helped with pain and swelling, she noticed there was still a lump on her breast.
"I am a nurse. I chalked it up to residual inflammation and that it would eventually go away. So, I ignored it... for about 6 weeks," Shannon said.
"I came home from work a few days prior to diagnosis and was playing on the floor of my infant's nursery with both girls. I was lying flat on my back. I looked down and my right breast was a completely different shape than my left.
"When did that happen???
"I had ignored the warning signs. I never looked in the mirror and never did exams lying down. For me, [my lump] really only was pronounced when I would lie flat on my back."
Scans and biopsies revealed Shannon had "Stage 3, Triple Negative, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, High Grade". She was just 30 years old.
Despite undergoing 16 rounds of three different types of chemotherapy, lymph node dissection, 28 rounds of radiation and a double mastectomy, Shannon views her cancer as "a blessing".