Samanthas Story: Mastectomy & Colostomy

May 1, 2020

Please note: This video was shot during Covid times on an impromptu zoom conversation. We were both wearing our Pjs!!! …Samantha recently posed for me for The Grace Project. Before her shoot and before she revealed her scars, she said to me, “Today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before and I suspect you’re about to photograph something you’ve never photographed before. I’ve revealed my mastectomy scars in public, but I have a colostomy bag, and this will be the first time I’ve ever revealed my bag.  I’ve lost so many parts of myself, but today I celebrate myself as whole.” She was right ,I had never photographed a woman with a colostomy…. but it was powerful and beautiful and liberating. In this video, Samantha talks about Crohns disease, what it means to have a colostomy bag, her failed mastectomy reconstruction and how it felt to pose for The Grace Project.

Photographs and video ©charise isis

Music: Creative Commons license – Thanks to Josh Woodward: “I’m letting go.”


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