Reportage: Naked

"One day prior to my mastectomy I had a lymphoscintigraphy. This procedure is used to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized."

"One day prior to my mastectomy I had a lymphoscintigraphy. This procedure is used to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized."

NAKED is a collaborative photo essay and narrative of photographer Claudia Hehr and breast cancer survivor Meredith Gray. 
"An annual mammogram turned up abnormalities in my left breast."
"The pathology report folllowing my lumpectomy found that I had the aggressive HER2+ form of breast cancer. I felt helpless and vulnerable." 
"Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."
"Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."
"One day prior to my mastectomy I had a lymphoscintigraphy. This procedure is used to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized."
"On the morning of my surgery, my plastic surgeon marks the areas of my breasts that will undergo reconstructive plastic surgery immediately following my bi-lateral mastectomy."
Detail shot of different types of breast implants.
"I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."
"I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."
"Two drains have been surgically inserted into my chest to remove excess breast fluids following surgery. They will remain in for several days until the liquid runs clear."
"When Claudia took this photo we hadn't anticipated that the following morning my hair would begin to fall out."
"I have come to the realization that I will now have to rely on a wig to make me appear 'normal' to the outside world."
"Baldness was the hardest issue that I had to deal with on an emotional level." 
"The lesson I was learning is that we cannot be defined by the way we look - but rather by the depth of the collective wisdom we gain through life experiences."
"Finished with chemotherapy, I proceeded with surgery to remove the temporary breast expanders and insert silicone implants." 
"I have a final surgery to reconstruct my nipples. My transformation is almost complete." 
"I hope my experience with breast cancer will inspire and empower others who may follow in my path."