A photo collection by Joanne Jannetta
These photos have meaning to me during my experience with breast cancer (invasive lobular carcinoma), with bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, along with a divorce and type 2 Diabetes, all occurring simultaneously in 2012-2013.
The first is a photo of myself wrapped in a beautiful breast cancer warrior shawl.
Next, a daffodil pushing it’s way up through my driveway, I call it “Life Force”.
Next, my son suggested that I have a “goodbye to breast cancer” party the day before my mastectomy. I submitted my drawing of what I wanted the cake to look like, complete with two Hostess Snowballs. It was an awesome way to head into my cancer / mastectomy surgery.
There’s just something in the composition of this photo I took of these two blooms that looked like grief to me, and also one healthy breast and one fallen to cancer. I call it “Grace in Grief“.
Next, a heart shaped blood drop after taking my blood glucose reading.
Last, this photo of mine represents how I felt after being made whole again by my breast reconstruction and cancer being in submission. “In Loving Gratefulness”