A Photographer and His Wife’s Daily Fight With Breast Cancer

When photographer Angelo Merendino met Jennifer, he knew she was the one. Soon they fell in love and got married in Central Park NYC. But 5 months into their marriage, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a nearly 4 year painful battle ensued.

“Cancer survivors have to define a new sense of normal, often daily. And how can others understand what we had to live with everyday? My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife. They show the challenge, difficulty, fear, sadness and loneliness that we faced, that Jennifer faced, as she battled this disease. Most important of all, they show our Love. These photographs do not define us, but they are us.”

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Angelo Merendino

Although a very sad story, Angelo has honored his late wife Jennifer by starting a non-profit organization called The Love You Share whose mission is to provide financial assistance to women in need while they are receiving treatment for breast cancer.

You can read more about this on Angelo’s blog: http://mywifesfightwithbreastcancer.com

“Love every morsel of the people in your life.” – Jennifer Merendino




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teresa reinalda
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This is so moving. So beautiful. Thank you.

Bryan King
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God bless you Angelo and Jennifer

Mamie Rock
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Gazing at these photographs was like spending time reflecting on a holy book. Thank you for touching my heart by sharing your experiences. You and your wife were so blessed to find each other, and I have been blessed by you as well.

Janice M LeCocq
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Extremely powerful images…and so moving. I’ve shared the last part of the same road with someone…and now my sister-in-law is about 8 years into the process. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

Werner Van Steen
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My eyes are wet when seeing your pictures… “Why ?” is the question we will always ask ourself…

Mike Padgett
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Thanks for sharing such a personal and powerful journey. Your photo essay should remind everyone to make more time for their families and their friends.

Jim
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Thank you for sharing your wife’s and your journey with the world. I found it to be powerful and moving. Jennifer’s ordeal does not pass quietly thanks to your love for her and your art.

Momok Tomok
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Cancer is such a disaster disease. I am sorry.

Diane Rossi
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Angelo, I am speechless and in tears right now.. as a Breast Cancer survivor I know a little of the pain and fear that this disease brings to the life of a couple. These images clearly show your bravery and profound love for one another. The battle you valiantly faced together was the ultimate test of your relationship and the love you share will never die.. it lives on in these honest and much needed images. Like Jennifer, I was blessed with a loving and supportive partner.. I will be forever grateful.. many face breast cancer alone and feel misunderstood.… Read more »
Cynthia Perkins
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Wow…this was very moving to me…It reminds me so much of my mom. Even though my mother was a black woman…it tells me we are all the same. Cancer knows no boundaries…It reflects on me that all of us are equal…The love we feel, the pain we go through effects us equally. Your journey was deep and passionate. Your commitment most loyal and true. You were the hero in her eyes. The thing I found most comforting is the promise found in the bible…that the dead will live again in paradise conditions here on earth. John 5:28,29 and that he… Read more »
Neha
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Its a very sad story…. But you are lucky that you were with your beloved for her entire life…..

God bless you.. And all the best for the organization that you have started for the breast cancer patients.

Deon M van Heerden
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This is a sad but beautiful photography journal of the human fighting spirit. Angelo, you have moved me with this, as my mom died of cancer last year 16 August 2012 (a day after my birthday), and the last time I heard her voice was when she wished me well. How I miss this powerhouse n my life. Thanks for this. As photographer myself, I Could appreciate the dynamics involved to “paint” these photos.

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