Amelia Caffaro never thought she would become the subject of her own photo project.
As a freelance photographer, she has dedicated her life to telling other people’s stories until she was diagnosed with stage 3b inflammatory breast cancer at only 28 years old.
Having just turned old enough to no longer rely on her parent’s health care plan — but not making enough money to provide for her own plan — she packed her bags and said goodbye to New York, the city she loved and dreamed she would make her own, and moved back home with her family in Wisconsin.
Throughout the course of her illness, she has taken to using the camera as a means of making sense of her situation.
“When I shoot, I have an out of body experience,” Amelia says. “I don’t feel afraid to know what the doctors are going to say.” By using Instagram, she feels that she has a more immediate and direct connection with others, allowing them to see her experiences in real time.”
Click Here to continue reading Amelia’s story and see her photos in Gabriella Demczuk’s article Capturing Life With Cancer at Age 28 at NPR.