This is my dear friend, Jennifer Lind, and she is a PREVIVOR. You may be like me and when you first read/hear the word previvor, you're thinking... "What does that mean?" It sounds like SURVIVOR, and in a lot of ways, you're on the right track. It's a word that isn't in the dictionary yet. However, cancer previvors are individuals who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer but who haven't had the disease. This group includes people who carry a hereditary mutation, a family history of cancer, or some other predisposing factor.
When Jenn first told me about being BRCA1 positive, I honestly didn't know what to say. She had known about the possibility since she was young, because of her family history. But when she found out the news, she prayed into it and knew that she had to make a choice on how she wanted her quality of life to be -- FREE.
Words cannot express how honored I am to have been able to captures glimpses of her story through photographs. Here are a few images of her before, during and after surgery to prevent breast cancer. If there's anything that I've learned from Jennifer through all of this: is that laughter truly is like medicine to the soul. Despite everything that she has gone through over the past year of recovery, she still carries her joy, smile and laughter through it all. Seeing it first hand, I am so proud of her decision to "beat cancer before it beats her" to be a PREVIVOR.