JORDAN RATHKOPF

The morning after Anna found out her tumor was malignant.
The morning after Anna found out her tumor was malignant.

Anna was diagnosed with breast cancer one week after finding a lump on her 37th birthday.


HER2 - an aggressive cancer with a higher chance of mortality.


She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and a daily pill for the next ten years to stop her body from producing estrogen.


We are documenting to help ourselves process the experience, to provide support to other families with cancer, and to raise awareness specifically about breast cancer under 40.

Wating in the doctor's office to learn her prognosis and the suggested treatment plan.
Anna makes snow angels outside in the family garden while our son Jesse plays with his toy trucks.
Anna's husband, Jordan, driving to the hospital.
Anna's husband, Jordan, driving to the hospital.
Anna waits on the chemotherapy floor for her first chemotherapy treatment of taxol and herceptin, a common treatment plan for HER2 positive breast cancers. Her treatment plan is a weekly infusion for three months. Each infusion session lasts around two ho
Anna waits on the chemotherapy floor for her first chemotherapy treatment of taxol and herceptin, a common treatment plan for HER2 positive breast cancers. Her treatment plan is a weekly infusion for three months. Each infusion session lasts around two hours.
Anna stands in pain one hour after surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in her right breast.

Anna one hour after surgery to remove the tumor.

Anna with her mother and brother in the hospital lobby before her second chemotherapy treatment. Her brother, Peter, is visiting from the Czech Republic. This is the first time they have seen each other in three years.
Anna with her mother and brother in

Anna with her mother and brother in the hospital lobby before her second chemotherapy treatment. Her brother, Peter, w visiting from the Czech Republic. This is the first time they have seen each other in three years. Anna with her mother and brother in the hospital lobby before her second chemotherapy treatment. Her brother, Peter, was visiting from the Czech Republic. This is the first time they have seen each other in three years.

In minutes, Anna will find out for the first time what is her prognosis and what her treatment plan will entail.

In minutes, Anna will find out for the first time her prognosis and treatment plan.

Anna's hair rests on her knee as her mother shaves her head as her chemotherapy starts to cause her hair to fall out.
Anna's hair rests on her knee as her mother shaves her head as her chemotherapy starts to cause her hair to fall out.
Anna tries on a pink wig she purchased along with four other colors. She would never actually wear any of the wigs during the course of treatment, opting instead for head scarves and hats.Anna tries on a pink wig she purchased along with four other colors

Anna tries on a pink wig she purchased along with four other colors. Se never wore any of the wigs during the course of treatment.


Anna feeling exhausted, takes a bath to help soothe her bones which begin to ache from her chemotherapy.
Anna's mother, Helena, sits in shock after Anna experienced a potentially fatal infusion reaction during her third chemotherapy treatment.
Anna's mother, Helena, sits in shock after Anna experienced a potentially fatal infusion reaction during her third chemotherapy treatment.
Anna visits an allergist after her infusion reaction. After the visit, her oncologist switched her chemotherapy regiment to a less toxic option even though it is not yet the "medical standard.
Anna visits an allergist after her infusion reaction. After the visit, her oncologist switched her chemotherapy regiment to a less toxic option even though it is not yet the "medical standard.
Days before her MRI to detemine if the doctors could detect spread, Anna and our son playing in an unexpected snowstorm.
Days before her MRI to detemine if the doctors could detect spread, Anna and our son playing in an unexpected snowstorm.
Anna cuts a toy train out of our son Jesse's hair. She wears a surgical mask to protect her weakened immune system from catching ill from Jesse who is frequently surrounded by sick children at his daycare.
Anna cuts a toy train out of our son Jesse's hair. She wears a surgical mask to protect her weakened immune system from catching ill from Jesse who is frequently surrounded by sick children at his daycare.
Anna puts on makeup before going to work.
Anna puts on makeup before going to work.
Anna's son, Jesse, blowing out the candles on his third birthday.
Anna's son, Jesse, blowing out the candles on his third birthday.
Anna gives a presentation at the Czech-Slovak center to educate people about Her2.
Anna gives a presentation at the Czech-Slovak center to educate people about Her2.
Between chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Anna and Jesse swim on vacation in Florida. Swimming helps her body recover from the aches and pains of chemotherapy.
Between chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Anna and Jesse swim on vacation in Florida. Swimming helps her body recover from the aches and pains of chemotherapy.
Anna receiving acupuntcure at the doctor's suggestion to help chemotherapy related symptoms of neuropathy and insomnia
Anna receiving acupuntcure at the doctor's suggestion to help chemotherapy related symptoms of neuropathy and insomnia
Anna takes a moment in the rain after completing her final chemotherapy treatment.
Anna takes a moment in the rain after completing her final chemotherapy treatment.
Anna and her mother hugging in our garden. The garden is a place of calm and healing for Anna and her mother, a hobby they have shared for generation with her grandfather.
Anna and her mother hugging in our garden. The garden is a place of calm and healing for Anna and her mother, a hobby they have shared for generation with her grandfather.