Portrait of an Artist and her Mastectomy Scar

me croppedLast year, on a beautiful autumn day, Montreal photographer Phil Carpenter visited me at my home in Vancouver. We sat at the dining room table, and Phil showed me the exquisite mastectomy portraits of Canadian women featured in his new book: “Breast Stories: Cancer Survivors Speak Out.” He also shared their personal stories, revealing his deep respect and admiration for each woman. Weeks before his visit, I had already agreed to write the foreword for his book, but hadn’t decided if I would pose for him. As you can see — I did! And I’m so delighted with my portrait. Phil captured me at that precise moment in time — suspended between the past and the future — the hello and the goodbye. The new me.

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About Robyn Michele Levy

I am an artist, writer, radio broadcaster, performer, mother, breast cancer survivor. I also have Parkinson's disease. My memoir, Most of Me, is available at local and on-line bookstores.
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13 Responses to Portrait of an Artist and her Mastectomy Scar

  1. Graeme Bregani says:

    Robyn, thank you.
    I am unable to truly know the experience both my wife and my daughter have lived through.
    The depth of my not knowing … even the lack of words to come close, well your blog and your picture have helped build the bridge I might walk over. Thank you, again.
    Love, always Love,
    Graeme.

  2. Yvonne Gall says:

    Gorgeous photo Robyn! Yvonne

  3. Cyndee Bowen says:

    Just beautiful, Robyn!

  4. @rupertbu says:

    Great respect for you Robyn, I sense this will demystify #BreastCancer for many humans, female and male, of whom too many ignore through fear, a barrier you have helped diminish.

  5. Therese says:

    Beautiful…thanks so much for your bravery!

  6. joey says:

    Beautiful Robyn.

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