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Roynn Lisa Simmons
Roynn Lisa Simmons

Meredith Gray waits patiently while Claudia Hehr prepares to photograph her naked body, hills and valleys of shadow and light. That landscape is about to change dramatically - surgeons will amputate and reconstruct Meredith's breasts in three weeks. She has decided to chronicle the process and strip herself bare for the documentary Naked.

Naked is a stark portrayal of one woman's grueling struggle with breast cancer. Thoughtful, funny, and courageous, Meredith reveals all as she visits her oncologist, fights with insurers, has her breasts cast by an artist, visits plastic surgeons.

"After conferring with my breast surgeon, I decided to have a double mastectomy. I am 50 years old. My first breast cancer was at 47. My mother died of pancreatic cancer at 53. I have lived all my life with fear - will I make it to 53?"

Naked examines the science that may save Meredith's life and guide the reconstruction and recovery of her body. It is an intimate portrait-a woman facing death chooses to make her story a lesson for living fully and with joy, her body an art project, and her suffering a political force for improving health care for women with breast cancer.

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