Knowing how your body looks and feels by doing monthly breast self-checks will help you to alert your health care provider to any changes you may notice between mammograms and annual wellness exams with your doctor!
Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast check routine is very important.
"As a breast cancer survivor of 2002, I found my breast cancer lump in my right breast and it felt like a round HARD KNOT. By doing a monthly self-check - it saved my life!" - Diana Albritton, Knotty Girl Founder.
Thus came to fruition KNOTTY GIRL! With her rope and knot body, her mission is to EDUCATE on the importance of monthly breast self-checks for the early detection of breast cancer! Knotty Girl is a VISUAL representation of what a breast cancer can feel like...round and hard like a KNOT!
History of Knotty Girl & Diana...
While attending a business meeting in Las Vegas in January 2002, an unusual key chain formally known as "Beads for Life" carried by a business friend, Ace Hawkins caught Diana's eye. This key chain was promoting breast cancer awareness and offered a visual using different size beads that were examples of stages and tumor sizes that could be found depending on the choice of detection. One bead was the size of a lump that could be found by doing a regular breast self-check.
After having this visual and learning more about early detection, while lying down flat, Diana did a breast self-check and found something hard like a knot. She scheduled a doctor's appointment and mammogram. This test did not detect the tumor, as not all breast cancers are detected by mammograms. Because her physician could feel this tumor too an ultrasound and biopsy was scheduled immediately and within hours she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After six surgeries, disabling nerve damage and a two year painful course of rehabilitation, Diana is 17 year breast cancer survivor!
Today, with the help of the Knotty Girl mission, Diana hopes to educate women and men of all ages on the importance of being breast aware and save lives through the early detection of breast cancer!
Meet Diana Albritton, Founder and Breast Cancer Survivor 2002
Diana is a true Floridian - born and raised! She attended the University of Florida with a degree in Journalism & Communications. Diana spent 16 years in Sales & Marketing before being diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, she owns a successful insurance business. In her spare time, Diana enjoys being outdoors, traveling, spending time with friends & family!
Meet Kristy Harris, Graphic Designer and Social Media
Originally from Michigan, Kristy now lives in Florida with her family where she has been a graphic designer since 2007. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Northern Michigan University, Kristy also enjoys drawing and painting. When she isnt running her own freelance graphic deisgn business or trying to keep up with a busy little girl, Kristy spends her free time outdoors, traveling, crafting, taking pictures and enjoying time with family & friends!
Mary McCormick, Bookkeeper
Mary grew up in Columbus OH, GO BUCKEYES, and has been living in Florida for the past 15 years. Before moving to Florida, Mary spent 28 years in healthcare finance. Today, Mary works in finance and is also a successful business owner! Mary met Diana and Kristy at a local women's networking club! In her spare time enjoys walks on the beach, zumba classes, and spending time with friends.
Elena Rodriguez, Photographer
Elena currently works as a financial advisor is also working on starting her own lifestyle and nature photography business! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and looking at life through the lens of her camera. She describes herself as a "free spirit" and and takes full advantage of every moment in life!