Cancer Type – Breast

Bio – Her words, “The scar is God given as a sign for your life,” come as a result of her two year struggle with breast cancer.

Short Story – “It sounds weird to say but it feels like a gift; anything that’s scary like this reminds you how precious life is.” Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, the “You’re So Vain” singer underwent a successful mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and is now cancer free. However her cancer story is bigger than cancer. She felt as if cancer played a big role in her affiliations and career relationships. Simon felt as though she were shunned for having cancer, making 1997 and 1998 a very difficult time in her life.

Her battle inspired her song, ‘Scar’, which will resonate with any woman who has battled breast cancer.


And the night is cold
As the coldest nights are
There’s a wise woman
She comes from an evening star
She says: Look for the signs
You won’t have to look far
Lead with your spirit and follow
Follow your scar…

Song –

Image Credits – By Elektra/Pam Frank (Original owned by uploader) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


BornCarly Elisabeth Simon, June 25, 1945 (age 71), The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
OccupationSinger-songwriter, musician, actress, writer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)James Taylor (m. 1972; div. 1983), James Hart (m. 1987; div. 2007)
ChildrenSally Taylor, Ben Taylor
Parent(s)Richard L. Simon, Andrea Heinemann Simon
RelativesJoanna Simon (sister), Lucy Simon (sister)
Musical career
GenresPop rock, soft rock, folk
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
LabelsElektra, Warner Bros., Epic, Arista, Rhino, Columbia, Hear Music, Iris
Associated actsJames Taylor, The Simon Sisters, Elephant’s Memory, Jimmy Webb, Hall & Oates, Russ Kunkel, Andreas Vollenweider, Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Perry, Cat Stevens