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Angelo Merendino is a photographer whose photo-documentary, The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, has received worldwide recognition. It is intimate, honest, and moving. More than a story about loss, it is a story about love and life. Currently based in Cleveland, Ohio, Angelo is a freelance photographer with Corbis News and Getty Images. Angelo started a blog before his wife Jennifer passed in 2011. He has since maintained the blog which chronicled their life together in Manhattan before her illness and during his time as her caretaker. Presently, he continues to write about his life after this experience and as a 40-year old widower. Like his photographs, Angelo’s posts are open and raw. With his writing and photographs, he hopes to encourage conversation about topics that are often kept at arm’s length, provide a more accurate representation of both day-to-day struggles and triumphs with cancer and describe the challenge of rebuilding a life after surviving a traumatic experience.
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