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Kate Coningford; F*** Your Pink Ribbon #2, 2019; Digital Photography; 1200 x 1500 pixels; Photography

Kate Coningford; F*** Your Pink Ribbon #2, 2019; Digital Photography; 1200 x 1500 pixels; Photography

"In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 14 months of treatment I endured six rounds of chemotherapy, a left breast mastectomy, and six weeks of daily radiation. My doctors assumed I would have reconstructive plastic surgery, and when I decided against it, I faced disbelief and questioning. These photos document three stages of my treatment. First, the overwhelming amount of appointments and heartbreak of losing my hair. Second, the pressure to conform to a specific body type, and frustration at not being believed when I decided not to reconstruct. Finally, accepting my scars and knowing I made the right choice for myself."

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This media file is attached to: Closing the Distance: North View Gallery 2020 Student Virtual Exhibition