Beyond than a pink ribbon

Feb 16, 2020

Every year 8686 women are diagnosed of breast cancer and 2646 die because of it in Colombia, according to the World Health Organization. These portraits show the traces that left the masectomy in the bodies of five women living in the city of Cali and how they have recovered their vanity.

Face a new identity after the masectomy is not the only challenge for them, but also the injustices of medical insurances, known as EPS (Entidades Promotoras de Salud), to access to appointments with doctors, exams, medications, etc.

You can read their complete stories in El País newspaper, where originally where published in spanish.

Omaira Cuenú Cuenú, 56: "Women can live happily, even if the breast is gone, even if every time I get out of the shower, I pick up my arms inward and I remember that I have a void in the left side; hahaha... Ay, if I don't laugh, believe me I don't know what my life would be like".
Omaira Cuenú Cuenú, 56: “Women can live happily, even if the breast is gone, even if every time I get out of the shower, I pick up my arms inward and I remember that I have a void in the left side; hahaha… Ay, if I don’t laugh, believe me I don’t know what my life would be like”.
Deisy Velasco, 37: "There are times when I am afraid to tell my story, I am afraid to make my children suffer by telling them my pain. And that's why I prefer to keep silent from time to time".
Deisy Velasco, 37: “There are times when I am afraid to tell my story, I am afraid to make my children suffer by telling them my pain. And that’s why I prefer to keep silent from time to time”.
Nancy Martínez, 38: "I was not the exception among all those women whose partner has abandoned after losing a breast. That is one of the two most important attributes for every woman, because it shapes the body, and the other is the hair, which I also lost in October 2017".
Nancy Martínez, 38: “I was not the exception among all those women whose partner has abandoned after losing a breast. That is one of the two most important attributes for every woman, because it shapes the body, and the other is the hair, which I also lost in October 2017”.
Carmenza (changed name), 67: "When I was bald, my husband found out I had cancer, but what he never realized was that I had a breast cut in March 2006. I was afraid that I would qualify as a half-wife. In sound judgment, he was a good person, but drunk was a skinner with his comments".
Carmenza (changed name), 67: “When I was bald, my husband found out that I had cancer, but what he never realized was that I lost my right breast in March 2006. I was afraid that he would qualify me as a half-women. In sound judgment, he was a good person, but drunk he was a skinner with his comments”.
Lucero (changed name), 43: "Once in front of the mirror, when I had neither breasts nor hair, I said to myself: “Brave woman, I love you! I take my hat off, beauty". The funny thing is that I said it as if it were someone other than me, whom I admired as an idol.
Lucero (changed name), 43: “Once in front of the mirror, when I had neither breasts nor hair, I said to myself: ‘Brave woman, I love you! I take my hat off, beauty’. The funny thing is that I said it as if it were someone other than me, whom I admired as an idol.

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