I first became aware of breast cancer
when my mother was diagnosed in 1994.
My mother's only option was a modified
radical mastectomy. She and I tried to
find pictures of what she would look like,
but only found pencil drawings of thin,
flat, straight scars. Most women do not
look like that, although by inference from
the material available they may think they
will. So, when my mother's bandages came
off for the first time in the hospital she
did not look like the drawings we saw.
My mother felt mutilated and alone. It
was at that point that I felt no woman
should ever feel that way. A Breast Cancer
Picture Book was needed that would
provide Breast Cancer Photos. And so began
a six year photographic journey of
photographing women of all ages, ethnic
groups, and socio-economic backgrounds.
I photographed women with mastectomies,
reconstructive surgery, and lumpectomies.
It was and is important to me to represent
ALL women because breast cancer does not
Each photograph is accompanied by a
testimonial written by each woman telling
in her own words, her experiences with
breast cancer. It is my hope that any
women faced with breast cancer can pick
up The First Look, look at the photographs
and read the stories, and feel comfort in
knowing that she is not alone.
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