Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project
“Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project is more than images and stories of a few women at varying stages of their breast cancer journeys. Uncovered has been a cathartic means for me to express, in the most empowering way possible, what has been a long and frustrating part of my breast cancer journey. This project is my way of uncovering the voices of women of colour who are left in the dark when they try to see themselves represented in the cancer community.” – Michelle Audoin, Diagnosed with Metastatic Breast cancer at Age 40
Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project is a new resource that focuses on the breast cancer experience of Black women. Through powerful imagery and real women’s stories, it shines a light on the physical and emotional scars of breast cancer. Uncovered was created in collaboration with Michelle Audoin and developed in response to the significant underrepresentation of, and lack of support for, Black women and women of colour in the breast cancer community. Our hope is to educate all people, including healthcare providers, on the unique needs of Black women with breast cancer, so they are better equipped to support all the women they care for.
“From the start of my breast cancer journey to this very day, I have felt alone. No one has been able to share images of women who look like me and who have had surgeries like mine. I often felt like I didn’t matter because I didn’t fit the bill of what they already had on file, which was often images of older white women.”
Rethink Breast Cancer is committed to doing better for Black women in the breast cancer community. Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project is just the first step. We are honoured that Michelle trusted us to bring this project to life, and that Faith, Indira, Tonia, Laura, Kristal, Vivene, and Keisha joined in sharing their bodies and stories in this celebration of Black voices. Thank you.