When 32-year-old Florida-based actress was tested positive for the BRCA gene mutation, she decided to undergo a preventative bilateral mastectomy. However, during the routine testing prior to the surgery, McGuiness was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of having generic before-and-after photographic evidence that looked like “mug shots of attempted murders”, McGuiness teamed up with Blast ‘Em Photography to create a series that showed her journey in a humorous way. She wrote on her blog,
“I wanted to change the images that women saw of mastectomies. No more Before and After photos. I wanted them to see the Evolution, the Life, and the HUMOR in this dark situation.”
Each image represents how she felt during the chemo, mastectomy and reconstruction process.
‘Taken a week prior to my mastectomy, an ode to the iconic Rosie the Riveter image, and a memorial to my original breast. My goal was to capture the “We CAN Do It” spirit going into the biggest battle of my life.”
“A couple of weeks after my mastectomy, with the expanders in, we captured our Bride of Frankenstein shot.”
“The end of chemo, with my expanders fully inflated, I felt like a Mannequin. My eyebrows had to be airbrushed on and false eyelashes attached to just skin. Every hair on my body was gone. Tiffany Alfonso, from Beauty to Bloody, brought this concept to life. ”
“Four months after chemo, two months after reconstruction and cancer-free, we finished the series with tear drop shaped gummy silicone implants and prosthetic nipples.”