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© Reema Al-Zaben
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This was after my mom's second battle with breast cancer. She found out about the second tumor within days of her 5 year anniversary of the first one. She the strongest person I know, and was more of a rock for me throughout her battle with cancer than I was for her. She is okay now, 3 years since the last surgery and going strong. She was excited to take this photo, hoping that it would help others through their experience. She's thought about tattooing the mastectomy area, but decided against it; as it serves as a reminder for the obstacles she has overcome.

I love you mom.

82 responses

  • Gabriel Hernandez

    Gabriel Hernandez gave props (11 Jul 2007):

    Wow!! THis is a really strong pic! congratulations.

  • Sean Blake

    Sean Blake gave props (11 Jul 2007):


  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (12 Jul 2007):


  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout gave props (12 Jul 2007):

    powerful. thank you.

  • David Land

    David Land gave props (12 Jul 2007):

    Unbelievably powerful. It strikes hard and is completely heart felt

  • Shannon Friel

    Shannon Friel said (26 Jul 2007):

    a picture that says a 1000 words. instant tears-first sadness, then joy...glad she won her battle!

  • Nuno Santos

    Nuno Santos gave props (4 Sep 2008):

    Very impressive.

  • Lauren Sloss

    Lauren Sloss said (5 Nov 2008):

    Wow, what a great photo... moving, stirring, and very heartfelt.
    Have you considered submitting to the Beloved theme? I think it would fit in perfectly...

  • Phillip Hammond

    Phillip Hammond said (10 Nov 2008):

    Yes, very strong. Bravo and may God bless.

  • Gavin Thomas

    Gavin Thomas gave props (19 Nov 2008):


  • Jane Linders

    Jane Linders gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    This is an interesting capture. You have my vote. I'm glad your mom is ok. She looks fearless.

  • Armel

    Armel (Deleted) said (2 Dec 2008):

    it takes a great courage to take this shot. congrats it is stunning!

  • Zach Hartzell

    Zach Hartzell (Deleted) gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    This is beautiful. I mean it.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    Your mom has all my votes! What an inspiring photo!

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    She absolutely rocks. We have had that experience here, so we know. You better believe it helps.

  • KY M................

    KY M................ said (2 Dec 2008):

    Wow, your mom is awesome, and such a strong person! You have my vote!

  • Sean Blake

    Sean Blake said (2 Dec 2008):

    With out a doubt this is one of the strongest images I have seen on Jpgmag! I commented on this image July 07 and I think about it almost daily. Its truly an amazing image and fantastic story.

  • Todd Chonody

    Todd Chonody gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    This photo is a beautiful tribute to your mother.

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    powerful, meaningful and deeply moving.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (3 Dec 2008):

    What an emotional and powerful photo of your mother. Thank you for sharing your story. Your mom rocks!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    INCREDIBLY POWERFUL!! God bless her

  • Taylor Roberts

    Taylor Roberts gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    very powerful. I cried a lil' after reading your caption.

  • arno galtier

    arno galtier gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    i also deal with the health of my mum, and your pic is moving ... but gives strength thks for this shot

  • Reyshelle Addessi

    Reyshelle Addessi gave props (4 Dec 2008):

    Not only is this inspiring and one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen, but means much to me. My Mom and I raise money for breast cancer awareness and research and I have the ribbon tattoo'd on my ankle. Thank you for this ART.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    beautiful... compelling.... powerful. got my yeah vote.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    She is beautiful. She is my "sister" on this journey we never planned. My vote.

  • Freddy Sarabia

    Freddy Sarabia   gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    God bless her.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (5 Dec 2008):

    very inspirational to many many people....beautiful and strong portrait. of a beautiful and strong woman.

  • Erika Clarke

    Erika Clarke gave props (6 Dec 2008):

    What a loving shot. Beautifully done. Best wishes to you and your mother.

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (6 Dec 2008):

    She's a true hero and such a great inspiration.

  • serge rolland

    serge rolland said (7 Dec 2008):


  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    Powerful & outstanding woman & Mom ! BEAUTIFUL shot and my vote for sure !

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2008):

    What a beautiful, courageous and inspirational Lady. Like Lynn H. has said, she has a sister in the battle here too. One of the most powerful photos we've seen here at JPG. Blessings on your Mom and you. Our vote - Absolutely!

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (8 Dec 2008):

    beautiful, chilling photo. I cant say enough about the emotion here! Well done, what a brave woman.

  • Emily Gray

    Emily Gray said (9 Dec 2008):

    This is such an incredibly powerful picture. I love it.

  • Vanessa Kubach

    Vanessa Kubach (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2008):


  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (21 Dec 2008):

    Standing ovation for you and your mom

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (22 Dec 2008): more words to say....thank you for sharing this incredibly moving photo.

  • Quinn Hughes

    Quinn Hughes said (29 Oct 2009):


  • Chet Dailey

    Chet Dailey said (30 Oct 2009):

    I'm not keen on the picture but I do feel a great sense of respect and admiration for your Mom the model. She obviously wanted to give you a chance to show her strength. She would be a great subject for a photo journaistic story.

  • Kathy Duppass

    Kathy Duppass (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2009):

    So much Emotion in this picture! Such a strong MOM!

  • chucky b

    chucky b gave props (30 Oct 2009):

    Solid message! Thank You!

  • Amy Barany

    Amy Barany gave props (9 Nov 2009):

    Inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

  • Charles Moger

    Charles Moger gave props (24 Nov 2009):

    Just finished a shoot at a Breast Cancer Doc office. Brave souls lifted up by angels. God bless you & your mom.

  • Carrie McKenna

    Carrie McKenna (Deleted) said (29 Nov 2009):

    Very moving photo & story.

  • Kelly Horn

    Kelly Horn said (4 Jan 2010):

    wow that is incredible i love hearing about the people that have survived cancer i know someone that died from it and she was only 2 days older than my mom. she would have been 48 now and was only 42 when she died this makes me so happy for you and your mom congrats!! =D

  • Neil Phillips

    Neil Phillips (Deleted) said (12 Jan 2010):

    i couldn't even begin to imagine the "inner" scars that remain from facing something of that nature head on. Very strong lady. Wonderful photo.

  • Dan Richards

    Dan Richards (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    This is something that should be shown to those that have just beat it, because of the stgrength this shot shows.

  • Marq

    Marq (Deleted) said (18 Jan 2010):

    A very, very brave woman indeed.

  • Tim Foltz

    Tim Foltz gave props (18 Jan 2010):

    very emotional image

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (19 Jan 2010):

    Very emotive image...she wears her scar proudly as a survivor.My mother passed away after her 3rd battle with breast cancer surviving it for 10 years..Your image brought tears but also reminded me of the courage of anyone who endures the treatment for cancer.

  • alex hernandez

    alex hernandez said (27 Jan 2010):

    she is very strong person...

    very inspiring portrait...

  • Tridibesh Sanyal

    Tridibesh Sanyal said (1 Feb 2010):

    It's very very moving. Even before I read your notes. You've conveyed it all through the image. Bravo to both you & your mom.

  • Tridibesh Sanyal

    Tridibesh Sanyal said (1 Feb 2010):

    Hi Reema, you should upload more of your portraits.

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    colinizing phot with colin boyd (Deleted) said (1 Feb 2010):

    this is excellent... very creative and deep.... wow.

  • Karas Cahill

    Karas Cahill gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    very powerful portrait. Best wishes to your mom.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    My mother had breast cancer 50 years ago....she has been an inspiration to so many. She is 89-yrs.old. I have always wanted to take her photograph - the portrait is so beautiful. Your mom looks amazing.

  • Eduardo Simó

    Eduardo Simó said (9 Feb 2010):

    This picture can speak for it self, exactly as you has done it. The only one that we have to thank is God, because he's the only one who understand us. We only need to put faith in him and he will do hes work. Very nice pic, and say YES to life. God bless.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (19 Feb 2010):

    Wow, she is one courageous woman and this is a very brave pose, very powerful. I hope that she has the cancer licked this time!!!

  • Daniela Moura

    Daniela Moura gave props (25 Feb 2010):

    Very strong, beautiful and touching. Thank you for your sensibility.

  • Shelby ☮

    Shelby ☮ said (2 Mar 2010):

    very inspiring.

  • H T

    H T (Deleted) gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    She is a truly beautiful woman in all senses. You must be very proud of her.

  • Mal Stewart

    Mal Stewart said (4 Mar 2010):

    I have a close freind that has been through the same trauma. Her and your mum would have a lot to talk about. This is an extrordinarily strong and powerful image, just as your mum is an extrordinarily strong woman. My best thought's are with you and your family.

    Well done Reema and also to mum for being part of it. I feel that his image will help a lot of families / people.

  • Omran AlOwais

    Omran AlOwais (Deleted) gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    Grandma just went with the surgery yesterday. This is an inspiration for her and all the lovely moms out there. Thank you.

  • be

    be gave props (25 Mar 2010):

    powerful, and beautiful, this photograph makes me speechless... amazing

  • Yves Harnois

    Yves Harnois gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    Very intense photograph I like it alot !

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (27 May 2010):

    Brave & a very strong image...glad to hear it was published.

  • Marcus Bello

    Marcus Bello gave props (29 May 2010):


  • md.ilham khan

    md.ilham khan (Deleted) gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    it's about life........

  • Christopher Richards

    Christopher Richards gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Incredibly powerful. Thank you both.

  • Krystal Hope

    Krystal Hope gave props (22 Oct 2010):

    touching beyond words, the photo says all it needs to say

  • Shannon Portz

    Shannon Portz gave props (13 Nov 2010):


  • Marela

    Marela said (15 Oct 2011):

    what a brave woman! bless her. great photo.

  • Anthony Cervo

    Anthony Cervo said (4 Nov 2011):

    Wow. Having recently lost a beloved friend and second mom to breast cancer, this hits hard. It's amazing that she made it through. Stunning.

  • Photo Shack

    Photo Shack (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2011):

    The best for breast....

  • Nikola Matovina

    Nikola Matovina (Deleted) gave props (3 Dec 2011):

    brave woman....good photo...

  • Mike Shanahan

    Mike Shanahan said (25 Dec 2011):

    Her Expression is what makes this VERY powerful to me.

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (28 Dec 2011):

    Such a powerful documentary photo of a very brave woman...well done Reema! A salute to your mom for her courageous and selflessness.

  • Céline Hanzen

    Céline Hanzen gave props (29 Dec 2011):

    Waw this is a really great pic. Really strong.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (29 Oct 2012):

    well done so very powerful image - congrats

  • Hugh Taylor

    Hugh Taylor (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2013):

    A very special, beautiful woman. I applaud her courage.

  • Brent Wilson

    Brent Wilson gave props (11 Mar 2014):


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