Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

— Susan Sontag

 

story behind the stories

Today, Breast cancer patients are often asked to make their own choices in terms of treatments available. The moment the diagnosis is received, each person must gather information and make life-altering decisions under extreme emotional duress, all in a relatively short period of time. Individual circumstances are unique and yet, hearing stories from articulate women who have traveled this road before is invaluable for navigating the treatments and keeping hope alive.

Knowledge is power, the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer depends on this.

What is special about this film is that resilient women from various ages, stages of breast cancer, ethnic, geographic and socio economic backgrounds will share their journeys as they cross into and return from, the world of Breast Cancer. Breast cancer is not only an epidemic but also a culturally specific phenomenon. “One size does not fit all” when looking at each individual’s circumstances and cultural context.


Audience


Anyone touched by Breast Cancer including newly diagnosed patients, their families, friends,  and co-workers. Healthcare advocates and caregivers will use the film as a guide for client support. The film will be made available to health programs at Universities, Medical Institutions, Community Health and Cancer Treatment Centers. Doctors and healthcare providers now have a resource for cultural competence as a critical part of their curricula.