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A husband took these photos of his wife and captured love and loss beautifully.

When I saw these incredible photos Angelo Merendino took of his wife, Jennifer, as she battled breast cancer, I felt that I shouldn’t be seeing this snapshot of their intimate, private lives.

The photos humanize the face of cancer and capture the difficulty, fear, and pain that they experienced during the difficult time.

But as Angelo commented: “These photographs do not define us, but they are us.

empathy, human condition, health

relationships, love, connection

cancer, compassion, connection

medicine, treatment, insurance

sleeping, family, society

hair, radiation, treatments

side effects, humanity, reproductive rights

bald, emotional challenges, fear

assisted walking, wa

stress, anxiety, human condition

moms, daughters, touches

pets, companions, malignancy

ocean, beach, floating

celebrations, friendship, aging

depression, disease, sickness

patient, doctor, quiet

hospital room, chemo therapy, chemo

tolerance, quiet, peac

contact, relationship, allies

ambulance, life expectancy, friends

nurses, hospice workers, funny

health, contentedness, blessings

sorrow, sadness, peace

anguish, heartache, misery

funeral, funeral procession, grief

pain, loss

This article originally appeared on 11.5.13