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Published 5 years ago with 5 Comments

A photographer documents his wife's battle with cancer

Angelo Merendino, a New York-based photographer, says the photo essay of his wife Jennifer's battle with breast cancer is an attempt to "humanize the face of cancer."

  • The first time I saw Jennifer I knew. I knew she was the one. I knew, just like my dad when he sang to his sisters in the winter of 1951 after meeting my mom for the first time, “I found her.”

    A month later Jen got a job in Manhattan and left Cleveland. I would go to the city – to see my brother, but really wanting to see Jen. At every visit my heart would scream at my brain, “tell her!!” but I couldn’t work up the courage to tell Jen that I couldn’t live without her. My heart finally prevailed and, like a schoolboy, I told Jen “I have a crush on you.” To the relief of my pounding heart, Jen’s beautiful eyes lit up and she said “Me too!”

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  • drunkenninja
    +5

    Damn, each picture gets sadder than the previous one. Heart breaking :(

    • shabriprayogi
      +5

      Especially the image of the empty bed. Oh god.

      • drunkenninja
        +4

        Yeah, that one hit hard.. got all emotional on that one..

  • doodlegirl
    +4

    This is one of the saddest things I've ever seen. I'm in tears.

  • larylin
    +2

    Poor woman! Life can be so scary.

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