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Sharon King and Jessica Safran, August 2013. Photo: Julie Hassett Sutton.

I met Sharon King at a cancer support group in 2011. Six months into my time with the group, I shared the idea my friend Julie and I had for a photography-based art project with cancer survivors called The Identity Shift Project. It would be a forum for people to publicly project their identity beyond being a cancer case, no matter where they were in their cancer journey, and share their stories. Then Sharon was away from group for a couple of weeks. The day she returned, when I sat down next to her, she silently pushed a magazine clipping on the couch cushion over to me. I looked at it. Torn out of a magazine called Midwest Living, it… Read more »