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Aniela McGuinness, 32, is a fighter. She starts off her blog by writing, “Have you ever googled mastectomy before and after photos? It’s a heartbreaking array of faceless women’s maimed breasts under florescent lighting.”
I just googled ‘mastectomy’ and that is exactly what came up. McGuinness decided to do a photo series that took her through the emotions in each stage of the entire procedure. She didn’t want people to see a simple before and after, but the portrayal of how she felt through the mastectomy, the chemo and the recovery. She calls her series, “My Breast Choice.”
Before her mastectomy, she wanted her breasts pictured as evidence of what they looked like and how she felt during this time. Se decided she would pose as Rosie the Riveter and she captured the “We CAN Do It” spirit she felt going into this battle.
A couple weeks after her surgery, she took another photo as the Bride of Frankenstein. She remembers feeling plastic with all the expanders in her and her natural hair still not grown.
At the end of her chemotherapy, she says she felt like a Mannequin. She had no hair on any part of her body so her eyebrow were airbrushed on and her fake eyelashes glued to her skin.
She finished her photo series four months after chemo with a humorous photo with gummy silicone prosthetic nipples and short, growing hair.
She has created a fundraiser on GoFundMe to create an inspirational documentary. It will be an hour-long film compiled of her short shows, “I Don’t Have Cancer.”