Cheryl Mauthe lies on her couch in pain one day after her lumpectomy in March 2014. The operation involved removing three lymph nodes in her left breast and armpit, causing her more discomfort than she was expecting.
Mauthe's son, Colin, eats a doughnut in the emergency room in March 2014. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012, two years before his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
According to photographer Tim Smith, Cheryl Mauthe is very conscious about giving her family as normal a life as possible despite the hands they've been dealt. This means taking time to play with her two children -- including daughter Emily, left -- despite how lousy she feels.
After the kids go downstairs to play, the weight of the following day's double mastectomy gets to Cheryl in May 2014. She sobs in the arms of her friend Annie Jago-Fordyce.
Cheryl buries her head in her hands while waiting to meet with the plastic surgeon prior to surgery.
Cheryl is wheeled to an operating room for her double mastectomy and reconstruction.
Monitors keep vigil over Cheryl's vital signs during her 10-hour surgery.
Emily laughs as Cheryl plays with her in the backyard of their home in Manitoba. She is her