What it looks like to die from breast cancer

American photographer and artist Angelo Merendino has published an absolutely heartstoppingly beautiful series of photographs about his wife Jennifer's breast cancer journey. In a series entitled "The Battle We Didn't Chose," Merendino chronicles the inspiring, painful, honest moments that occur after Jennifer is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39, just 5 months after getting married. Tragically, Jennifer died from metastatic cancer at the young age of 40.

Breast cancer effects more than 1 in 8 American women, and Merendino's evocative black and white photos capture the emotion and uncertainty that often come with a cancer diagnosis. Click any of the copyrighted images below to be redirected to Merendino's website to see his work in its original, full-size form. And please remember your breast self-exams and mammogram screenings.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.

Image credit Angelo Merendino. Please contact the artist for information on prints, copyright, and press.