NAKED is a collaborative photo essay and narrative of photographer Claudia Paul and breast cancer survivor Meredith Gray.

NAKED is a collaborative photo essay and narrative of photographer Claudia Paul and breast cancer survivor Meredith Gray.

 "An annual mammogram turned up abnormalities in my left breast."  Meredith Gray

"An annual mammogram turned up abnormalities in my left breast."

Meredith Gray

 "The pathology report following my lumpectomy found that I had the aggressive HER2+ form of breast cancer. I felt helpless and vulnerable."  Meredith Gray

"The pathology report following my lumpectomy found that I had the aggressive HER2+ form of breast cancer. I felt helpless and vulnerable."

Meredith Gray

 "Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."  Meredith Gray

"Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."

Meredith Gray

 "Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."  Meredith Gray

"Faced with the realization that I was going to lose my shoulder length head of hair when I began chemotherapy, I made a bold decision to have most of my hair cut off before it had a chance to fall out."

Meredith Gray

 "One day prior to my mastectomy I had a lymphoscintigraphy. This procedure is used to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized."  Meredith Gray

"One day prior to my mastectomy I had a lymphoscintigraphy. This procedure is used to determine if the breast cancer has metastasized."

Meredith Gray

 "On the morning of my surgery, my plastic surgeon marks the areas of my breasts that will undergo reconstructive plastic surgery immediately following my bi-lateral mastectomy."  Meredith Gray

"On the morning of my surgery, my plastic surgeon marks the areas of my breasts that will undergo reconstructive plastic surgery immediately following my bi-lateral mastectomy."

Meredith Gray

 Detail shot of different types of breast implants.

Detail shot of different types of breast implants.

 "I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."  Meredith Gray

"I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."

Meredith Gray

 "I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."  Meredith Gray

"I have no fears, no apprehensions, no inner conflicts as I am rolled into the OR for 7.5 hours of surgeries."

Meredith Gray

 Nurse looking after Meredith post surgery.

Nurse looking after Meredith post surgery.

 Left: Meredith's dog developed what we called "sympathy cancer"  Right: Portrait of Meredith post surgery, with drains still attached to remove excess liquid.

Left: Meredith's dog developed what we called "sympathy cancer"

Right: Portrait of Meredith post surgery, with drains still attached to remove excess liquid.

 "Two drains have been surgically inserted into my chest to remove excess breast fluids following surgery. They will remain in for several days until the liquid runs clear."  Meredith Gray

"Two drains have been surgically inserted into my chest to remove excess breast fluids following surgery. They will remain in for several days until the liquid runs clear."

Meredith Gray

 Left: "When Claudia took this photo we hadn't anticipated that the following morning my hair would begin to fall out." Meredith Gray  Right: Just another visit to the hospital post surgery. Chemotherapy treatment has begun.

Left: "When Claudia took this photo we hadn't anticipated that the following morning my hair would begin to fall out."
Meredith Gray

Right: Just another visit to the hospital post surgery. Chemotherapy treatment has begun.

 "I have come to the realization that I will now have to rely on a wig to make me appear 'normal' to the outside world."  Meredith Gray

"I have come to the realization that I will now have to rely on a wig to make me appear 'normal' to the outside world."

Meredith Gray

 "The lesson I was learning is that we cannot be defined by the way we look - but rather by the depth of the collective wisdom we gain through life experiences."  Meredith Gray

"The lesson I was learning is that we cannot be defined by the way we look - but rather by the depth of the collective wisdom we gain through life experiences."

Meredith Gray

 "Baldness was the hardest issue that I had to deal with on an emotional level."  Meredith Gray

"Baldness was the hardest issue that I had to deal with on an emotional level."

Meredith Gray

 One of many visits to the hospital to receive chemotherapy treatment.

One of many visits to the hospital to receive chemotherapy treatment.

 "Finished with chemotherapy, I proceeded with surgery to remove the temporary breast expanders and insert silicone implants."  Meredith Gray

"Finished with chemotherapy, I proceeded with surgery to remove the temporary breast expanders and insert silicone implants."

Meredith Gray

 "I hope my experience with breast cancer will inspire and empower others who may follow in my path."  Meredith Gray

"I hope my experience with breast cancer will inspire and empower others who may follow in my path."

Meredith Gray