CONTENT WARNING: SENSITIVE THEMES
At age 36 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As I tried to understand what was happening to me, the images I came across were almost always of women over 50 who were the “happy survivor.” In effect, I felt that my pain and suffering – both physical and mental – were being silenced. I think it is important to see that there are huge numbers of survivors and that you can go on to live a fulfilling and joyful life. But it is yet another kick in the guts for those going through this experience, to not see that others are struggling as well. This project has developed from a desire to both visualise and share a more honest and raw narrative of the breast cancer journey. It has also turned out to be therapeutic for me as I explore what I’m feeling, and decide how I want to translate that into still images.