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She decided to get naked physically, emotionally, and spiritually.Frustrated by her personal dilemma with health insurance while confronting a life threatening diagnosis, Meredith canada goose outlet uk sought a documentary filmmaker to chronicle her battle not only with the disease but also with the failure of the American health care system to provide adequate help for the hundreds of canada goose vest outlet thousands of women who canada goose outlet las vegas have had, have, or will have breast cancer. canada goose outlet us Just three weeks after the lumpectomy, award winning producer Roynn Lisa Simmons started shooting Naked.After Meredith’s first diagnosis, she began to volunteer for breast cancer causes in Connecticut. In addition to mentoring newly diagnosed women, Meredith writes magazine and newspaper articles profiling breast cancer survivors and serves on fund raising committees for breast cancer organizations. After her insurance provider twice refused to pay more than a fraction canada goose factory outlet toronto location of the cost of her reconstructive surgery, Meredith enlisted the support of Connecticut Governor Jody Rell (also a breast cancer survivor), and the provider reversed its decision. She has also corresponded with Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman James Himes on health care reform issues.Collaborating with photographer Claudia Hehr, Meredith is finishing the memoir of her most recent battle with breast cancer. Also titled Naked, the book is a narrative of her 12 month journey accompanied by powerful images of her body as it changed, as she lost her breasts, her hair, her sense that she could depend canada goose outlet location on her body.In the world of fashion, where Meredith has spent her career, body image is everything. 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