Why I Got Naked! I was 49 years old when I received a second diagnosis of breast cancer. An annual mammogram had revealed abnormalities in my left breast. I would learn that I had the aggressive HER2+ form of the disease—and no way to pay for treatment. Three years earlier, [...]
A 60-minute documentary and photo exposé. Naked explores one woman’s journey with breast cancer, treatment & recovery while searching to define feminine beauty. Meredith Gray waits patiently as Claudia Hehr prepares to photograph her naked body’s hills and valleys of shadow and light. That landscape is about to change dramatically [...]
Naked exposes the facts about breast cancer, lays bare the obstacles to getting treatment and raises questions about what defines feminine beauty. All donations and funding for the documentary go through the International Documentary Association (IDA). Founded in 1982, IDA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that promotes nonfiction filmmakers, and is [...]
On October 9, 2008 my annual mammogram turned up a second recurrence of breast cancer. That wasn’t even the bad news! I no longer had health insurance. I had been denied coverage due to my pre-existing condition – breast cancer 4 years earlier. Confronting the disease for a second time as well as dealing with our nation’s flawed health care system provoked me to seek a documentary filmmaker (Roynn Lisa Simmons) and a still photographer (Claudia Hehr) to document my journey. Upon learning that I had the aggressive HER2+ form of the disease, I was determined not to become just a statistic. I am not alone. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease. And if you thought that breast cancer only occurred in women, you’d be wrong. One in every 1,000 men will be diagnosed each year. Currently there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. While this website and blog is about my personal journey with the disease, I dedicate it to all the women...
2/16/11 – Will be the guest speaker at Norwalk Exchange Clubb. 1/11/11 – Just received Jones New York Empowerment Fund grant for NAKED. You can follow what I do with the grant both here and on the Jones New York Empowerment Fund grant website: http://www.jny.com/Empowerment/FUND. 1/6/11 – Read Lisa Paul [...]