There is Anna
shot just 22 years of age from a tumor of the skin, and Mary
that has already switched off 79 years of age. And then also the Mariana
, which arrives from Romania. Because cancer is a ‘disease democratic’ that does not take into account neither the age, nor of the geographical origin. Their the cancer defeated and are among the 22 protagonists of the book “woman to woman” Costanza Zanardini
, journalist, TeleBoario, who with his camera tried to tell their story, scrutinizing eyes, facial expressions, and gestures. The book is a project of the Committee A. N. D. O. S. (National Association of Women Operated for breast) of Vallecamonica Sebino, which will go the proceeds from the sale. From twenties to 70 years old, and the cancer has no age Born as a project exclusively photographic, then it became a book in which are collected the testimonies of these women from the territory of camonica valley. “Each portrait explains to Oncoline the author - is accompanied by a caption in which, in a few lines, the story of what the encounter with that woman gave me. By strong emotions to the trivial cup of tea”. These women are aged between 18 and 70 years old and have had several problems with cancer. “Primarily have been made to the breast, but there is also a girl after a skin cancer is to live with the lymphedema, chronic illness and disability, and a very young girl who has defeated leukemia,” continued Constance. “We involved women with pathologies different – confirmation Fulvia Glisenti
, president of the A. N. D. O. S. " Valle Camonica-Sebino - to give each one the opportunity to inform about the new technologies adopted in their cases, but also on the critical issues and obstacles that we face in these paths towards the return to a bit of normalcy. Italian and foreign women, of different cultures and ages, that after the first withdrawals were made available”. Tell the person and not the patient testimonials accompany the photographic portraits in colour and black-and-white shot by Constance for giving birth to this trip has put into the game's eyes, ears and heart, placing the person at the centre of the encounter. "I entered in the lives of these women in the balls of your feet. I don't have an exuberant character, on the contrary, are shy and often reserved, and I think that my be so I have in some way helped her. I was able to empathize with each of them,” says the author, who combines the ability to capture the traits and emotional traits of the person that the photographer, with his love of the artistic research. “Each one of them - adds Constance - I was excited. In front of my house for a cup of hot tea, a slice of cake or a tray of pastries, to the park, on the shore of the river, on the shores of a lake, we chatted about everything, not only of the disease. We have laughed, some have cried, I have made you cry; all have made me reflect. On the meaning of life, the value that we give to it”. On the cover, there is a beautiful illustration made specially for the book by the illustrator of Annalisa Grassano
, who has donated, free of charge, thus giving his contribution to the cause. Something personal, I Ask Constance if before this book had never lived close to the tumor. “You, " he answers. I lived with my mother, to whom, some years ago, they removed the uterus. Fortunately, the diagnosis was early and after the operation has done only one cycle of prior radiation therapy, nothing heavy or debilitating”. Also from this experience was born the idea of the book and the sensitivity with which Constance realized it, because it must not be easy for a woman who has or has had cancer ‘turn’ in the model get naked by telling her illness: “I wanted to meet them in a place where you feel comfortable, because I knew that being photographed by a stranger was not an easy thing,” explains Constance. “Before the world and before you even remove the camera from the bag, we've talked about. Of all, not only of the disease. Many, not all, at least initially, they were a little bit fearful. I was a little bit too, because I was able to immerse myself in them. Then, after a nice chat, for some even liberating, we relaxed and we took”. Among the people that Constance met and photographed there is also Carla, the teacher of the first and second grade, found thirty years later. In front of a cup of tea, he told his tragedy, hope, faith and healing. How to sustain the Association, The Committee A. N. D. O. S. di Vallecamonica - Sebino was founded in December 2002 by volunteers, breast operated women and not. Are part of and are founder members also of the three doctors that are available to the need. The association was born from the painful experiences of women who, while still bearing in body and soul the marks of the trials endured, they were able to find the strength to overcome their trauma, but also the positive, to help other women affected by the same disease. And' possible to buy the book, 10 €, by contacting the Committee ANDOS di valle Camonica - Sebino, via page Facebook, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the president the number 349 834 7065. All the proceeds go to support the activities that the association offers to the breast operated women and other problems with cancer.
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