'Finding beauty in cancer': Self-portraits tell breast cancer story

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Kimberli Random (photo from www.friendsofkimberli.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nine weeks ago, Kimberli Ransom received the diagnosis that she has breast cancer.

“I think some piece of me always thought I’d have breast cancer just because so many women do,” Ransom said. “I didn’t think it’d be this young. I’m only 44.”

Ransom is a photographer by trade and wanted to share her battle with breast cancer through both words and pictures on her blog.

She’s documenting each step of her treatment with a series of self-portraits.

“Each week I’ll photograph myself exactly as I am – naked from the waist up,” Ransom said. “No hair, no makeup except for red lipstick because my grandmother always said ‘put your red lipstick on, it will make you feel better.’ I want to know if it’s true.”

KATU’s Ian Parker had a chance to sit down recently with Kimberli and talk about her project. Click the “play video” link to watch the inspiring story.