By JILL LACINA
In Australia, one in nine women and one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I have, fortunately, not been one of them.
But a brief conversation with a stranger who had suffered from breast cancer made me want to help. And I decided to get involved with a project photographing breast cancer survivors and their scars.
That stranger was Rosemary Paul, one of the co-creators on our book, Perfect Scars. Unlike me, she has had breast cancer. She has had a mastectomy at 40 and two reconstruction surgeries since, become a Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, joined a support group, led a support group and is a proud Ambassador of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Her five year anniversary cancer-free has been and gone and she wears pink… proudly and beautifully. She lives a vibrant life and is joyously defiant.