Komen Blog: Pictures worth 1,000 words

Komen Blog: Pictures worth 1,000 words

The Photovoice process has typically been used to empower groups that are often "unheard" or "underrepresented" in traditional research (Wang & Burris, 1997; Wang, 1999).

Female breast cancer survivors are often "moved through the agency processes" with efficiency and may come up against barriers that are often never addressed, recorded, or discussed.

Photovoice was selected to (1) determine strengths and concerns of the current system, (2) increase discussion about issues facing this group, and (3) develop recommendations for improving processes that female breast cancer survivors experience.

A volunteer group of area breast cancer survivors participated in this project to be able to "tell" their story through photos.

This project allowed women to reflect on their experience in a non-verbal way and perhaps "see" the process in a different way.

dThese groups took a number of pictures that they felt represented their experience as they moved through the process from diagnosis through survivorship.

The photographs reflected breast cancer survivors' experiences and comments that were collected in other forms of data, but put it into picture form for the community to "see".

"This diagnosis, this "wall"… this unmoving force… makes me angry… makes me want to fight!"

Wondering more about the Photovoice project? Send Amy your questions at mission@komencincinnati.org.

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