Kelly Davidson submitted the candid snap to Facebook's "Why We Ink" page, which hosts images of those marking their own battles with the disease, or honoring loved ones who lost theirs. In the caption that accompanies the post, Davidson writes that her "tattoo symbolises a transformation, my metamorphosis, like a butterfly I changed on the outside but remained the same on the inside."
The 34-year-old woman was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 11. At 28 she contracted breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, and two years ago she beat thyroid cancer.
According to the official Facebook page of Ontario-based ink design collective Custom Tattoo Design, a photo on their feed of a breast cancer survivor with an all-over chest tattoo has been repeatedly removed by Facebook, ostensibly due to a violation of its infamously opaque terms of service concerning nudity.
To protest Facebook's actions, Custom Tattoo Design has been reposting the photo every time it's removed, and says that it will continue to do so in honor of the woman's bravery and strength.
To help them in their cause, the company has asked its thousands of followers to like and share the photo "to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much."
The post has over 1,600,000 likes, some 830,000 shares, and around 150,000 comments, most of which express indignation at Facebook's heartless disrespect toward cancer victims.