Dying Woman's Breast Cancer Battle Chronicled in 35 Haunting Photos

We often hear that someone is "fighting breast cancer." However, it's hard for friends and family to grasp what it truly means. That is what Angelo Merendino and his wife Jennifer faced after her diagnosis. To help others understand what their world had become, Angelo began taking photos chronicling Jen's fight for survival. The result wasn't just a depiction of pain, but a testament to her amazing spirit and strength.

Though she ultimately succumbed to the disease two years later at age 40, her profound message is still very much alive in The Battle We Didn't Choose: My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer (available as an eBook for iPad or PDF at MyWifesFightWithBreastCancer.com). Angelo is donating 50 percent of net profits to The Love You Share, a non-profit organization he started to provide assistance to women in breast cancer treatment. His dream for this amazing collection of images: "I hope people will see the love in our story and not just the loss."

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sylph... sylph_ironlight

I saw these pictures a few weeks ago and thought they were absolutely heartbreaking. I kept hoping for a happy ending and got to the picture of the empty bed and teared up. So very stark and sad.

Katrina Miller

Beautiful, and painful. I know it's not the "same" but it is...my family is going through this now with my dad. He is dying of therminal lung cancer and he looks just like she did...

nonmember avatar Jennifer

So sad and poignant yet full of love

nonmember avatar Melissa

I loved this,my mom died of breast cancer when I was 5,now I know and understand more about breast cancer,thanks for sharing this is so sad.

nonmember avatar Alicia

did she die??

nonmember avatar Ellen Vickerds

I know the feeling of having breast cancer and needing someone to talk to or to get a good dr that will listen to you when you say that you are in pain.The state I live in worries more about men than women they do not understand hoe women feel losing their breast or having half of it taken off and looking deform but they worry about the men with prostste cancer.I have breast and lung cancer and don't know which dr to ask questions or something for pain from the surgeries they spend 3minutes with you and do not say anything else.What does a woman have to do to make them realize the pain that breast and lung surgey feel like I am so tired of hurting maybe it is because I do not have good insurance.The old men do and can afford buying other insurance I think uf women are going to die they should not have to be in so much pain where they can not any fun time with their grandkids till the day comes you know cause I would like to spend some time out of pain so I can make some memories that they can remember me and say I had a great grandmother we had fun.

nonmember avatar Ellen Vickerds

I know the feeling of having breast cancer and needing someone to talk to or to get a good dr that will listen to you when you say that you are in pain.The state I live in worries more about men than women they do not understand hoe women feel losing their breast or having half of it taken off and looking deform but they worry about the men with prostste cancer.I have breast and lung cancer and don't know which dr to ask questions or something for pain from the surgeries they spend 3minutes with you and do not say anything else.What does a woman have to do to make them realize the pain that breast and lung surgey feel like I am so tired of hurting maybe it is because I do not have good insurance.The old men do and can afford buying other insurance I think uf women are going to die they should not have to be in so much pain where they can not any fun time with their grandkids till the day comes you know cause I would like to spend some time out of pain so I can make some memories that they can remember me and say I had a great grandmother we had fun.

Tammy Cavalone Ortiz

I am so sorry for your loss.I too was hoping for a happy ending.

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