SILVA

Winning reportage in People category. Slovenia Press Photo.

I’m deeply honored to be acknowledged in this way and to receive the award from Slovenia Press Photo for winning reportage in category People for story about »SILVA« and for honorary mention in category Nature with photo »The way of Heart«. I’m grateful and thankful to the jury Zohra Bensemra (Thomson Reuters), Darko Bandić (Associated Press), Enrico Dagnino and special thanks to Matej Leskovšek and his team for the organization of Slovenia Press Photo.

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I decided to do a story about a woman named Silva because so many people are dealing with cancer, and I wanted to give them a story of hope. Silva is also a volunteer in the Association of Oncology Patients of Slovenia, where she helps women who go through a similar experience. She said that the first question they asked is, how long ago she had cancer and if the disease returned.

She was 41 years old when she felt a lump in her left breast. The personal doctor had sent her to the thoracic department, where she was supposed to remove the lump and send the tissue for examination, but when she woke up from the narcotic, she was without the left breast. This is how Silva begins her story about cancer that 22 years ago changed her life. She will never forget the moment when waking up from the surgery she felted strange at the chest area and discover that her doctor has removed her entire left breast. When asked how a doctor can remove her breast without her permission, she said that he did not want to wake her up from narcotic, so the doctor decided instead of her. She expected a little intervention and not the removal of the breast, for what she was not prepared at all. And after this shock followed another, where the analysis showed that the lump was cancerous.

Silva was determined to beat the disease and with help of her family and friends and she did. In that time is important to find a special place, she said, while walking through an old deserted abbey. That kind of places helps you maintain inner peace, she mentioned and said that she doesn't believe in God by meanings of Church. Going through emotional turbulence was hard, but also being without one breast, she said. So seven years after the operation she decided for reconstruction of her breast with tissue from her body. That operation changed her life, she finally started feeling a whole woman again, so she started to dance belly dance to celebrate femininity and joy for life. Dance also helped her not to fall in depression in the darkest moments. And today she performs at various charity events.

Before cancer, she was a shy and quiet person afraid of everybody opinion and with this experience that has changed, and in some way, cancer changed her life for better, not only she is stronger but also a more determined person and is not afraid anymore to be what she is and enjoy life.

I found Silva at 63 remarkable, with her bright colors, feeling for aesthetics and love for dance and joy. And that is why I decided to create a story about Silva because so many people are facing cancer and because the disease drags people down and into isolation; though Silva’s experience I wanted to put her story out and spread not only hope but above all optimism. That is why I named her experience as the story of Hope.

Almira Ćatović

She was 41 years old when she felt a lump in her left breast. The personal doctor had sent her to the thoracic department, where she was supposed to remove the lump and send the tissue for examination, but when she woke up from the narcotic, she was without the left breast. This is how Silva begins her story about cancer that 22 years ago changed her life.

She was 41 years old when she felt a lump in her left breast. The personal doctor had sent her to the thoracic department, where she was supposed to remove the lump and send the tissue for examination, but when she woke up from the narcotic, she was without the left breast. This is how Silva begins her story about cancer that 22 years ago changed her life.

Silva is breast cancer survivor and she is a volunteer at the UKC Maribor INFO Center, the Association of Oncology Patients of Slovenia, where she helps women who go through the similar experience and she said that everybody has the same first two question, how long ago she had cancer and whether id disease returned. She decided for volunteering because she would like to help in the way she needed the most, through conversation with a woman who had a similar experience. And today she is that woman who listens and with her story gives hope to others.

Silva is breast cancer survivor and she is a volunteer at the UKC Maribor INFO Center, the Association of Oncology Patients of Slovenia, where she helps women who go through the similar experience and she said that everybody has the same first two question, how long ago she had cancer and whether id disease returned. She decided for volunteering because she would like to help in the way she needed the most, through conversation with a woman who had a similar experience. And today she is that woman who listens and with her story gives hope to others.

She will never forget the moment when waking up from the surgery she felted strange at the chest area and discover that her doctor has removed her entire left breast. When asked how a doctor can remove her breast without her permission, she said that he did not want to wake her up from narcotic, so the doctor decided instead of her. She expected a little intervention and not the removal of the breast, which she was not prepared for that at all. And after this shock followed another, where the analysis showed that the lump was cancerous.

She will never forget the moment when waking up from the surgery she felted strange at the chest area and discover that her doctor has removed her entire left breast. When asked how a doctor can remove her breast without her permission, she said that he did not want to wake her up from narcotic, so the doctor decided instead of her. She expected a little intervention and not the removal of the breast, which she was not prepared for that at all. And after this shock followed another, where the analysis showed that the lump was cancerous.

Seven years after surgery, she decided to do reconstruct her of the breast. "You can not imagine how it is disruptive to be without one breast," she told me when she showed me what kind of brass it is available for women with one breast. Reconstruction of her breast was done with the procedure where tissue from her body was taken and with that breast was created.

Seven years after surgery, she decided to do reconstruct her of the breast. "You can not imagine how it is disruptive to be without one breast," she told me when she showed me what kind of brass it is available for women with one breast. Reconstruction of her breast was done with the procedure where tissue from her body was taken and with that breast was created.

After the operation of reconstructing her breast, she felt again whole and feminine. She started to feel again as a woman.

After the operation of reconstructing her breast, she felt again whole and feminine. She started to feel again as a woman.

Before cancer, she was a silent type of person and very much burdened with the opinion of others. She did not dare to live her life, and that was changed with cancer. With family and true friends by her side, she overcame disease and was reborn, as she begins to live her life as she wanted.

Before cancer, she was a silent type of person and very much burdened with the opinion of others. She did not dare to live her life, and that was changed with cancer. With family and true friends by her side, she overcame disease and was reborn, as she begins to live her life as she wanted.

In the castle of Slovenska Bistrica (the city in Slovenia), there is a permanent exhibition of jewelry and furniture world known surgeon, doctor Zora Janžekovič, because of her contribution, the reconstruction of the breast is even possible and successful. Prof. dr. Zora Janžekovič invented the method of immediate surgical treatment of burns in 1961, which saved many victims of burns, who would have otherwise died, and thus led the Maribor hospital in Slovenia as the education center, where the world's most renowned experts in the field of plastic, reconstructive surgery and burns. Zora Janžekovič received numerous awards, including the 2007 Golden Razor, the award for individuals who made an exceptional contribution. She died 2015 at age 96 and she donated her awards, jewelry, and furniture to the city where she was born. And that is the same city Silva lives.

In the castle of Slovenska Bistrica (the city in Slovenia), there is a permanent exhibition of jewelry and furniture world known surgeon, doctor Zora Janžekovič, because of her contribution, the reconstruction of the breast is even possible and successful. Prof. dr. Zora Janžekovič invented the method of immediate surgical treatment of burns in 1961, which saved many victims of burns, who would have otherwise died, and thus led the Maribor hospital in Slovenia as the education center, where the world's most renowned experts in the field of plastic, reconstructive surgery and burns. Zora Janžekovič received numerous awards, including the 2007 Golden Razor, the award for individuals who made an exceptional contribution. She died 2015 at age 96 and she donated her awards, jewelry, and furniture to the city where she was born. And that is the same city Silva lives.

The illness and the traumatic experience that we experience at the same time enables us to face ourselves and to explore our identity and the concept of ourselves, and at the same time deepen ourselves into our very essence.

The illness and the traumatic experience that we experience at the same time enables us to face ourselves and to explore our identity and the concept of ourselves, and at the same time deepen ourselves into our very essence.

She claimed not to be a religious person, but she believes connecting with your femininity is like connecting with the sacred space that we carry within ourselves.

She claimed not to be a religious person, but she believes connecting with your femininity is like connecting with the sacred space that we carry within ourselves.

After the reconstruction of the breast, her femininity was restored and she began with an oriental dance, which she said gave her more than a celebration of life and femininity; namely, the dance helped her not to fall in depression in the darkest moments.

After the reconstruction of the breast, her femininity was restored and she began with an oriental dance, which she said gave her more than a celebration of life and femininity; namely, the dance helped her not to fall in depression in the darkest moments.

Dance has become an important part of her life and today she also performs at various charity events.

Dance has become an important part of her life and today she also performs at various charity events.

Silva, an extraordinary and fascinating person who, at 63 years of age, is youthful, glowing and full of vibrant colors. She enjoys the beauty of life more than ever before, especially being in company with her two grandchildren Aljaž and Jan. Through her story, she gives us insight into an extremely traumatic experience that she perceived as a great gift, through which she changed her life and now truly live her life.

Silva, an extraordinary and fascinating person who, at 63 years of age, is youthful, glowing and full of vibrant colors. She enjoys the beauty of life more than ever before, especially being in company with her two grandchildren Aljaž and Jan. Through her story, she gives us insight into an extremely traumatic experience that she perceived as a great gift, through which she changed her life and now truly live her life.

I decided to do a story about Silva because so many people are dealing with cancer and because the disease drags people into isolation, though Silva's experience I wanted to put her story out and spread not only hope but above all optimism. Silva was 41 years old when she went through an extremely difficult experience that changed her life and today she is aware that this change was for better.

I decided to do a story about Silva because so many people are dealing with cancer and because the disease drags people into isolation, though Silva's experience I wanted to put her story out and spread not only hope but above all optimism. Silva was 41 years old when she went through an extremely difficult experience that changed her life and today she is aware that this change was for better.

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