Brave, joyful, loving, sweet, incredible; it's all depicted in just this one image.
Brave. If you look up that word in the dictionary (or online, because who has a dictionary anymore?) you might come across a recent photo comedian Tig Notaro posted to Twitter. The image shows the genius woman behind the stand-up routine "Hello, I Have Cancer," cuddling in bed with her newborn twins, Max and Finn.
Of course, every new mama enjoys snuggle time with her babies. But in this particular photo, the star has courageously bared the scars left behind by her mastectomy.
"This is my life," Notaro captioned the photograph of herself with her sweet sons, whom she welcomed via surrogate with her wife Stephanie Allynne in June, according to People.
Notaro was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer in 2012, and she has talked openly about her burning desire to become a parent. "People are hard on comedians who have kids and start talking about them all the time," she previously said, adding, "They're like, 'Ugh, they lost their edge.' I can't wait to lose my edge."
It seems Notaro has most certainly lost her edge, and she could not be happier about it. Because if you also look up the term "sheer, unadulterated joy" in the dictionary (or online), you might also see this very same photo. Congrats to the funnywoman and her new family of four! Tig, you have clearly earned this very precious moment with your too-cute kiddos. Enjoy.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.