Make MM Matter: Scrapbook of a Cancer Graduate

Indian Vogue-ing with my chemo cut

Bonus! Fabric flies, but my chemo cut stays put

One year anniversary of my coming out at TIFF- Thanks to the Globe and Mail for putting the story of a Cancer Graduate front page and center

Back in the Business of creating illusions: hair is borrowed as is the dress

NY shoot for Rado Watches- sneak peek and thanks for the support

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  1. Bibiana Muñoz from Panama city.

     /  September 21, 2010

    Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful photo album.
    Beautiful graduate. You know all your readers are always ready and waiting to hear about how are you and what are you doing… young lady!. Apparently you are well, very active and very beautiful. Good for you! We love you. take care.

  2. Marie

     /  September 21, 2010

    Lisaraniray, Lisitaa, tala, Talitaa, Habibti, beautiful Princess:

    Hey Lisitaa. que bonita ! en estas fotos. tienes una gran equipo de trabajo.

    Te ves Hermosaaa !

  3. Parul

     /  September 21, 2010

    Thank you for sharing. Waiting for your book now:)


  4. Crenilda from Brazil

     /  September 21, 2010

    Hi Lisa ….

    The photos are beautiful … as always!

    I admire your strength and despite everything you ever went with that smile on your face …

    God bless you!

    Success now you’re back to work …

    I love his movies … specifically i can not think straght and the unseen world … you’re fabulous as Tala and Mirian ….
    Keep it up ….

  5. you are great :) so glad you’re back in action, sister! much love **

    johnny cash said this: ” the master of life’s been good to me. she has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. she has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. she has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. life and love go on, let the music play .. “

  6. MEL from Argentina

     /  September 21, 2010

    You are the most sexy Graduate I ever seen!

  7. I think it’s because I update your tribute page the MOMENT you post new photos that some people think I have legitimate access to you. I get requests for your email and other contact info all the time. Go figure. I wish.

  8. MEL from Argentina

     /  September 21, 2010

    I know about Sindi hawkings ,
    But Lisa,
    you are cancer free now, you irradiate light and hope

    and when you get up in morning and fight the battle to talk about cancer, about hope ,
    All of us incluided sindi are with tears of happiness and admiration

    ~ Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. ~
    Never loose your hope and never stop fighting

    TE AMO… RANI!!!!!!!!

    And sorry for my english I write like a monkey, because I come from Argentina and talk in spanish, but my heart and soul is with you In spite of the language


  9. Who knows if you really read this or not… But I just want to tell you about my day today… I work in La Jolla at a hospital with some of the most wonderful doctors you could ever imagine meeting. By the way I am a OR Tech, (I pass the instruments to the surgeons), well tuesdays and friday I work with one of the most wonderful surgeons who is beyond compassionate about her work and her patients. She is a general surgeon who mostly focuses on Breast Health. She is amazing, and truly has a heart of Gold. Today this was our line up, Double Mastectomy, followed by a Mastectomy, Partial Mastectomy x 2, and Biopsy. I come into work and I am stopped by my coworker before I enter our little 2 room surgery center. She tells me our pre op nurse is going nuts, and our first patient is crying and going nuts. I walk in and see her and I see her hair and it scares me, her hair is this fuzzy peach fuzz that is grey looking, The patient is only 41 years old! Comes to find out that we are doing this double mastectomy to relieve her of pain because the tumor was so big it was hurting her back, not so much to help cure her. I later find out that this cancer had already spread to her lungs and liver, and is in her sacrum. The surgeon ended up cancelling the surgery because she had never seen the patient in tears due to pain. She thought it might cause the patient more harm so they cancelled. The surgeon called for an MRI. The MRI showed that since the last one 6 weeks ago, the cancer has now matastized to EVERY level in spine. Why does this happen to the good people?? Our patient tried to smile through the tears. Lisa, hey Lisa!!!! I am so heart broken tell me what can I do, Please me what can I do to help your cause?????? I just want to help anyone….

    I am so heart broken….

    I dont know if all these years, btw I am 26, I played dumb… I didnt understand what Radiation was all about, but you get locked in a room all by yourself and get zapped… I wanted to cry while this Anesthesiologist told us a story about his wife who was fighting a type of blood cancer, I believe. He told us how she made it thru chemo like it was nothing, but when it came to Radiation she broke. She got so scared being locked in a room strapped down to a table all by herself while someone watched her getting radiated. I wanted to cry. I told the surgeon today that I wanted to sit in this room with the patient to hold their hand so they wouldn’t feel alone. But she told me that I couldn’t do that or else I would glow in the dark after a few sessions… I thought about it but I thought I want want to be there so they wouldn’t feel alone.

    Tripple Negative… our second to last patient today… FUCK MY LIFE… 18 months MAYBE??? Why do people like killers and people who abuse little kids get this SHIT?!?!?! FUCK CANCER!!! FUCK YOU CANCER!!! FUCK YOU!!!!


    I love you Lisa, keep up the good work!!!


     /  September 21, 2010

    lisa you have a special look… it ´s good!!
    JA!! thats great! …dont stop…never! believe me…your are an inspiration for a lot of people , joung people, married, with children…they fight like you, so be sure to write often….

    take care….


  11. i might have just exceeded my commenting limit.. but wanted to say that i am sad and sorry for your loss. i just lost a special person in my life to lung cancer a few weeks ago .. all the more reason to keep fighting. sending healing light *

  12. I saw。。。
    See you smile, I’m very happy!
    Hoping someone around you, let you happy and take care of you。
    Today is China’s Mid-Autumn festival, family reunion.

    Beijing time:PM 2:30 September 22, 2010

  13. kavya kushal

     /  September 22, 2010

    Hi lisa……….>

    Beautiful pics. In each pic u look different and more n more gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing…
    Love from India.

  14. roslind

     /  September 22, 2010

    dear Lis,
    thank you for uploading those picture. you always looked stunning and awesome ^^! happy “graduate”! keep move on.. live your life now!

  15. Elizleo

     /  September 22, 2010

    Congrats on your graduation & continued path to healing! You look amazing!
    And can I also just say; you are a very good actor. I recently had a chance to see your two movies ICTS & World Unseen. You really captured the full essence of two very different characters and sometimes did it with just a look or gesture. A skill not everyone has and one of a true talent. I look forward to seeing you in more great work over the years to come. And while I may have had a little crush on you while watching ICTS, it really made me fall in love again with my partner of 8 years.
    Thanks for all you do!

  16. Terri

     /  September 22, 2010

    She.s baaaack!

  17. Raj

     /  September 22, 2010

    Hey Lisa,

    I am so relieved that you are out of this dreadful cancer, can’t even think of such thing happening to any one else.. I LOVE YOU for what you’ve been, you are a person of steel to have come through..i know it needs lots of mental strength, you are an inspiration to me n a lot others……I LOVE U LISA, you are THE BEST ACTRESS I”VE SEEN on a SCREEN, i am your biggest admirer…for me you’ve been the most beautiful woman in the world since i was 15 and will continue to be..its so sad you didn’t compete for MISS WORLD/UNIVERSE one has a chance against your beauty or brain.. LOVE YOU n GOD BLESS you, will always wish for your good..

  18. Irma

     /  September 22, 2010

    Lisa I admire you sooo much.. I often find myself complaining of my easy healthy life and feel ashamed. I come to your page to give me some strenght and learn to appreaciate what I have. I thank you for always sharing with us your life. I feel like I know you, you make us feel that way. I’m glad your doing great! Keep it up and looking fwd for your book.
    Take care beautiful…

  19. Mary Theodosis

     /  September 22, 2010

    Lisa, I love you without the hair. Great Skull! Keep it short.

  20. rose

     /  September 23, 2010

    lisa, u are the best…

  21. Hello Lisa, I am your Brazilian fan. I’m very, very, very glad you are recovering. Know that all my positive energies are focused on you. I have a blog where I comment on several issues, this weekend I’m planning to put the campaign Plan Canada: Because I’m a girl, I am also seeking a partner if you want to support me with your blog would be flattered, and I will also put something on MM when you can make a visit to my blog leave a comment or send an email to me ok. I hope one day to meet you personally. Kisses and hugs.

  22. Hello Lisa:
    Today I received my small cocker spaniels! My beautiful girl –Helen,I called her Helen.
    She nestled me asleep…
    Wishing you a happy!

    Beijing time :pm8:47 September 23, 2010

  23. Samina

     /  September 23, 2010

    Bravo dear Lisa……keep smiling.
    You are an inspiration!!

  24. Kelly

     /  September 23, 2010

    You are always beautiful. I always wanted to see how things are going with you and it’s very nice that you shared these beautiful pictures with us. I’m really missing you.
    May God bless you everyday,

  25. FingerLakes Tourist

     /  September 23, 2010

    boy, oh boy, we fans in for a feast or what? So many pics, your pink lemonade curls are groovy. You put this big smile on ma face for a coupla days now. Keep ‘em comin babydoll.

  26. MEL from Argentina

     /  September 23, 2010

    Make me immortal with a kiss!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Dearest Lisa,

    Nothing makes my heart beat faster than seeing a new blog posted in your Yellow Diaries. With two new blogs posted in a week, I am exalted to an all-new zenith of excitement.

    It’s such an utter delight to see these pictures and I can’t help but feel immensely happy for you. I thoroughly love all these grandiose adventures on ‘Yellow Land’ and I am sure that there are plenty more to come for you.

    Thank you for sharing your journey.

    In this commencement for your new Life and your new sense of Being, know that you are also
    re-shaping my Life in ways that makes me feel Enlightened.

    You have that wonderful effect on people.

    Just keep on simply Being You…

    Love, Love, Love

  28. Hi Lisa:
    This is the first time I keep small animals, oh, very tired!
    Are you ok?

    Beijing time:pm7:57 September 24, 2010

  29. erica

     /  September 24, 2010

    @ forgetive: sorry but no one here is interested about your..puppy dog?…share something more important or intelligent please :(

    i’m sorry for the loss of your friend. thinking now…i can’t imagine my life without my friends. i never lost anyone important in my life since now, and i can’t even imagine it…

    i saw interview on stem cells. that was incredible. and they are the future.
    i thank you cos you are making me knowing about many important and interesting things.

    now i know….god is a stem cell.

  30. @erica: If hinder you, sorry!I just share something in life, this is real life, does not always have to remind myself that she had got the cancer?

    Because lung cancer and cervical cancer, I lost two relatives, I was very sad, but we must be brave face it all, we live, positive alive!
    Why everyday chattering on cancer?

    Lisa__Cancer Graduate:
    Know you are restored! I’m very happy!

    Nikki Beijing time: am 9:30 September 25, 2010

  31. Victoria

     /  September 25, 2010

    It’s very strange…

    I had seen you in the movie “I Can’t Think Straight” and simply loved you and your character. I do believe I had a crush. I looked up “Lisa Ray” and came across the news that you’d had cancer. I couldn’t believe it; I’d never known anyone who had had it. It had always seemed so unreal to me. It had been there and I had always passed right on by. I heard your news and looked up a bit about cancer. I read some of these blogs and I became more aware.

    Just a week or two ago, my mom came home with the news she might have uterine cancer. Her doctor had asked her to come in so she could share some “not so great news”. My mom now has Endometrial Cancer and will be going into surgery this next week to have her uterus and ovaries removed. The better news=it’s most likely in stage 1 which means it will probably be gone after the removal. Hopefully, that’s the end of it. And I sincerely hope you’ve seen the end of yours.

    I’m glad to have seen your movie and to have looked you up and to have read your blogs on cancer. Perhaps, I would have been more frightened had I not, to have been hit by that word I knew little about. I truly believe my Mom will be alright.

    Maybe it’s because I’m in America and have only seen the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton in our celebrity magazines, but I love how you have used the opportunity to share a story and contribute a positive image through your career while others in your profession do not. You’re a great role model. You should act in America solely to kick Lindsay, Megan Fox and etcetera out of the scene…

    I hope you continue writing in here. I do think my vocabulary has increased by reading these, haha.

  32. erica

     /  September 25, 2010

    @ forgetive: i never lost anyone in my family nor my friends, and i’m scared as hell and i don’t know how not to think about it. not in here at least…

    didn’t want to offend you anyhow.

  33. erica

     /  September 25, 2010

    and: why everyone chatting about cancer and thinking about cancer?….well maybe because this blog was born due to a….cancer?

    and damn, i hope Lisa will go on doing what she’s doing and give a boost to research. for herself but for other people too. we all benefit. we can all do something, but it’s clear that famous people can reach a larger range of supporters.

    words are powerfull when spoken by the right ones. Lisa is among the right ones.

  34. FingerLakes Tourist

     /  September 25, 2010

    We all relate to Lisa differently and I don’t think anyone here has the right to tell anyone else what to say to Lisa, unless its offensive. If you count yourselves among the intelligent ones here, good for you. As for us lesser mortals, maybe someday we’ll have perfect ways. :-P

  35. sheetal sheth

     /  September 25, 2010

    i m only waiting for love to give myself up at last into his hands,
    that is why it is so late and why i have been guilty of such omissions.
    they come with their laws and their codes to bind me fast,but i evade them ever,
    for i m only waiting for love to give myself up at last into your hands

  36. erica

     /  September 25, 2010

    @ fingerlakes tourist: i never told someone what to tell, i’m really not interested in it. i’m just saying that i find it strange to talk about something that is so far away from the reason this blog was born. and i’m not judging no one here. i just find it strange.

    i already said i’m sorry to forgetive, no need to still talk about this. kind of stupid from me writing that way to forgetive, but still everyone has their own reasons. i had mine. you have yours. is it so wrong?

    and by the way, i’m trying to have a contact with you people and share something with you too but it sounds we are all blind to each other. everyone writes his own comment without reading others and comment others. it’s kind of sad… thought this could be something more important than a bunch of comments :( thought it could some kind of community where to discuss important matter.

    people talk to each other only if there’s something to quarrel about. this is a start at least :)

    sorry forgetive, once again. wishing you and your puppy all the best.

  37. Bibiana Muñoz from Panama city.

     /  September 25, 2010

    Good morning Lisa And everyone here.

    @erica: Hi there. I understand your point of view. For my part I return to this blog every day to read all comments. No matter the topic. everyone has something different to say. I like when the visitors include things like… where are they… or even… what time is it… or maybe… what happens in their lives at this moment. And yes… I think that gives us a sense of belonging. like when you’re part of a club. You know!… The club: “We love lisa. and we are glad that she is fine”. (ha)
    Have a nice day!
    Best wishes to all from Panama in Central America.

  38. erica

     /  September 25, 2010

    @ bibiana: hello, thanks for what you say. i agree with you and as i said before i’m sorry for how i wrote it down. it was just strange to me, but it’s ok and i’m respecting it.

    i find it weird to write to Lisa, i mean, it’s great but it would be better to me if we try and share something among us too. wouldn’t it be more useful?
    we come here for the same reasons more or less…

    now some of you will hate me for sure, but i have to say it…..if the one who posted as sheetal sheth is sheetal sheth…i am santa claus….

    me. best wishes to panama from milano italy.

  39. Achin

     /  September 25, 2010

    I have been a long fan of Model and Actress Lisa Ray. Now I am a believer in Crusader Lisa Ray. I salute You. My AFREEN.

  40. Inge

     /  September 25, 2010

    You look wonderful in this photos as always, Lisa.
    I´ll follow your (recently discovered) blog as much as I can.
    You´re amazing.


     /  September 25, 2010

    Hi Santa!!!

    its a pleasure for me tobe on this blog

  42. zeppelinstairs

     /  September 25, 2010

    I posted a few weeks ago, or maybe two weeks ago and Lisa I was so happy to see your post this week. I have to respond to Michelle in San Diego, the OR technician.
    It is strange that more and more whether we are working in healthcare or just a family member or friend, the Big C-cancer seems to be moving in closer and closer. It is not just a family member of a friend, IT IS a family member or one’s self who had the unlucky coin to have been diagnosed with some form of Cancer.
    What can you do? Do what you know best. Comfort your patients as best you can. Listen.. Pray for guidance. Myself, I have been prompted to do whatever I can to in some way assist in the research, whether it be monetary, fundraising, walks etc. I just donated to Myeloma Canada just because I felt this need to contribute and I will do the same here in the U.S for Myeloma Research and have looked into signing up for Breast Cancer walks here in my area.
    Sometimes it is in the little things where the most is done. If everyone here that comments on this Blog would put themselves out and go beyond just admiring the Beautiful lady who started this all, Ms. Lisa and actually dedicate themselves to contribute their time and effort for Myeloma research and/or other forms of cancer research, it would be a step in the right direction and God willing put our perspective countries closer to irradicate this hinderence that we call cancer.
    In the past Four years I have lost a parent, a Great Aunt, a Cousin, a neighbor to different types of Cancer,also two people who beat it down :) . Am i doing this because it has touched my life, yes. Am I doing it because of the ongoing Courage of Lisa Ray, yes. Am i doing it because I have two young sons and a niece….Yes!!
    Don’t be so discouraged Girl….Encourage! Hope eternal. Never failing..

  43. erica *

     /  September 25, 2010

    hi erica, from another erica:) to me, this blog is an opportunity for sharing, supporting, sending lovethings and stories and encouragement. it’s whatever we all decide to make of it .. so let’s keep it positive and openhearted. i’m glad you’re here and i’m glad sheetal sheth is here too, (whether it’s sheetal or not! doesn’t really matter:) and i’m happy to be here too, representing starry support across the planet * xx

  44. erica

     /  September 26, 2010

    @ anam from cuba @ the other erica

    the matter to me is….are we using this blog the right way? it this Lisa Ray wanted it to be? are we improving it or just ruining it?

    i sometimes feel i’m abusing this space. i use it as it’s mine, but it isn’t. and i sometimes feel i’m maybe not respecting what Lisa wanted…but since i don’t know why Lisa gave the opportunity to write on her blog, i don’t know how to manage it. maybe she wanted people to talk to each other too about this matter, or maybe not.

    anyway…have you seen her on canada am about stem cells? you should if didn’t yet…there are…there are heart cells made from stem cells that move…i mean, they beat, as they are a whole heart. that’s the weirdest thing i’ve ever seen since now O_o

    i do believe now that a cure for this disease and other diseases could already exist if research was supported. instead, research is often stopped by people as the pope for moral and ethical reasons. i hate the pope.

    greets to you all from a stupid useless country called italy

  45. Lisa,
    My mom died of cancer a few years ago, and my dad is in remision from throat cancer.
    I am personally angry with this disease, but unfortunately is something we can’t control… yet..
    Your story is very inspiring and Never Stop Fighting is a style of life that describes you. I wish you the best, and I hope all cancer patients follow your attitute towards their particular type of cancer.


  46. ANAM

     /  September 26, 2010

    Dear Erica, I think that exactly what that Lisa want, is that we know more about the issue of MM, I’m sure she reads most of the comments, it is very important to have 400, 500 and many more comments because it means, that she is matters to us, and inspires us, to continue in this life, each of us carving out their own destiny …That also means that we also care about she and help to make her life more enjoyable with her Raja ..
    This is the way to Lisa’s see how the MM has changed her life and now…doing mater myeloma.
    I believe that there is neither good nor bad management blog … and yes! … the blog is yours as well … as it is for her and all who write here … there are stories written here are awesome and heartbreaking, like Michel from San Diego ..
    At the beginning of I include in this blog, I wrote to Lisa and told her about my sister and a very aggressive lymphoma cancer and only a forecast of 4 months to stay alive .. and she did a trasnplante of BONE MARROW (do not know if it is the same as stem cell … I think if) .. the treatment is very strong, risky and delicate… and medical monitoring is carried out for 5 years, the patient does not get any drugs but it is necessary thorough medical checkup of blood.
    It has been 15 years …. and my sister is alive and has two children, is working, and as far as possible live happier.
    BDW, my ex-husband is a doctor, specializing in Hematology and in particular bone marrow transplant (he has performed over 100 transplants .. maybe more) .. I will pass this information two months ago to Lisa, if it requires a ,2th, 3th, 4th or 5th opinion…
    By this I summarize, that there is hope of life for people with cancer, only to be fought and never quit.
    For that… too is this blog, to give encouragement, ideas, experiences, and why not? make good e-friends …!!

    good bless you Lisa, and all yours…
    (sorry for my poor english..)
    my best regards Erica…

  47. You give strangers an opportunity to walk side by side with you through your journeys, struggles and victories. I am ecstatic for your wellness, and send all the powers of positiveness that I keep in reserve; take what you need , hang on to the rest for when needed. It is wonderful to see you begin to take flight again, going beyond your breathtaking beauty…..jumping back into life with awe inspiring joy! I look forward to your next project; be it movie, book or a simple entry in your blog. Your words are refreshing, gentle and bring about a sense of closeness that I feel privileged to be extended. I wish for you: Safe journeys
    Generous laughter
    Widespread understanding
    Heart swelling love
    and above all else
    Life long

  48. Dear Lisa,

    “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?”
    When you are facing something that seems impossible to you, have faith, for nothing is impossible with God on your side!” After all he said: We are his children, and we have overcame them (desease, frustration and everything) because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

    So don’t give up when facing what may seem impossible to you. As God said have faith in him. “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

    Nothing is impossible with God. Your a cancer FREE now. For this is the God’s Will for you, it can be done indeed!

  49. vizzy

     /  September 27, 2010

    Dearest Lisa ! Happy Graduation !
    you look awesome as always, regardless of ur age , regardless of whether ur hair is fake or real .
    You r beautiful in everyway :-) ) iam so excited to know that u r in love now !
    i pray for u to stay in love n ur remmission to last forever ..
    also pray for u to act in yet another brand new movie with sheetal sheth .. :-D take care !

    @erica you make this place interesting with ur participation , coz of u i feel we should ‘talk’ to each other as well (since we r here n reading each other’s comments !) n not just to Lisa :-)
    @sheetal sheth … if u r real , y didn’t u make a move before it was too late … ???

  50. Coral

     /  September 27, 2010


    Happy Graduating!

    Only if you were not a model, an actor or a known personality…who would know of a girl’s graduation and celebrate with you with much love and adoration! Lucky you!
    In a way, a great inspiration!
    Many more graduates to follow from your university!

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