Seen to be Heard, started as a project by photographer Jennifer Willis
to help a friend, Cheryl, to raise awareness of
Secondary Breast Cancer. Indeed the seed was sown when Cheryl asked Jennifer to photograph her to the inevitable end of her cancer 'journey'.
It quickly grew into what became an exhibition of images of
23 women all living with the
consequences of the disease and its treatment.
The exhibition was first hosted by Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery April/May 2022. It also included a 45 minute video of some of the women telling their personal experiences of their life and
treatment within the Health Care System.
More than this, it has become 'Advocacy through Art'. Whilst Jennifer continues to photograph other women who wish to be involved in the project we also continue to support the women when possible in their
campaign for improved care.
In this website you will read some personal stories, you can learn about Secondary Breast Cancer and it's symptoms.
We will also be able to
put you in touch with a local support group,
something that has been sadly lacking in NI until July 2021.
If you are in NI and have Secondary Breast Cancer you are no longer alone.
Seen to be Heard comprises me (Jennifer) the photographer, my wonderful friend Julia, in friendship and support of every woman living with Secondary Breast Cancer in Northern Ireland who has taken part in this project. In particular Cheryl Graham who is actively campaigning in many directions to improve services and care for others in her position.
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