Baltimore Sun photographer Algerina Perna first met Linda Hershey in May 2008 when she was assigned to photograph and videotape her at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a story about nose reconstruction. Perna has followed her for five years and wrote this series to describe Linda's personal journey through the many challenging surgeries and unexpected setbacks.
Perna has been a photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun since 1988. She has a Master of Arts degree in communication specializing in photojournalism from Ohio University in 1993. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org