Last 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.