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Breast Cancer Survivor
San Diegp, CA
I’m Juanita, a San Diego native! A two-time breast cancer survivor, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 in 1987 when I discovered a lump on my left breast while pregnant with my third child. In 2010, Stage 2 breast cancer struck again, this time on my right breast. I first saw mastectomy tattoos on Pink Ink Fund. I was so happy to see pictures of tattoos covering the scars of surgery, I cried. I was joyful to know there is beauty after breast cancer.
I wanted to participate in an underwater portrait shoot to help my mentally and physically cleanse my soul. I now know there is beauty after breast cancer and want to let women, men and children of all nationalities know there is hope and peace within. I dedicate her shoot to all woman who have battled breast cancer, especially those who died fighting. Cancer breaks you down in all kinds of ways, but if you are strong we can conquer anything!
My underwater photo shoot was a great experience! I felt so free, happy and relaxed – to be underwater my soul was at peace. Underwater I was able to find joy. Having this experience alongside two other survivors was incredible; I am happy I was able to share that moment with them. Erena made me feel so comfortable and at ease, she is a great photographer. I would recommend anybody who survives anything traumatic to go for it – there’s peace in the water! Also, thank you Tony and Shane, my great tattoo artists, for helping me find my “sexy” back. There is beauty after breast cancer! I am a survivor hear me roar!
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Cancer survivors heal their emotional scars through underwater portrait photography
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