Meet Allison, 24, a breast cancer survivor.
In 2013 Allison found a lump. Her worst nightmare was confirmed by the doctors, she had inherited the same affliction that her mother battled.
Her friends and community rallied around her but her partner Dwayne was her rock. Now the healing has started but the scars remain.
This type of photography I think is really important. Allison is one of the bravest young women I know. I expected the shoot to be emotional and challenging, but we turned up the cheesy 80’s music, talked about life, the universe and everything. While talking we created a bunch of different portraits showing her amazing attitude and love of life. A positive attitude is part of the healing process and Allison is amazing because she keeps smiling.
I asked Allison what charity she supports and I got the following response:
“BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia) & Cancer Council are both good. I can't remember which one gives out the free padded Masectomy bra & a free 'cancer' diary. It really helps when you're overwhelmed by appointments when first diagnosed.
But more than anything, I just want women to get themselves checked yearly, WAY before they hit 40. Donating's always nice but checking is way more important.”
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ABC Hobart took an interest in the story and have interview Allison & myself. Listen to the interview below: