Back in the month of October, I invited a group of ladies over for portraits. I reached out to these women because they all had one thing in common. They are Breast Cancer Survivors.
It seems like everywhere we turn someone we love or know is or has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Here are a few facts about breast cancer:
The day of the shoot those beautiful smiling faces came into the studio. I briefly shared my own story with them and why I decided to do this shoot. I did it for several reasons actually. One, I think that women are beautiful and should FEEL beautiful and I wanted these ladies to see and to feel that way. Two, I wanted to help bring awareness to breast cancer. And finally, even if just one person reads this...I want women to be more mindful of our bodies and to listen to it more. I had to do this actually myself.
About a year ago, I started having some pain in my right breast. After a check with my doctor I was sent to the Breast Center for analysis. I went back to the room, changed in the gown given to me by the nurse and waited in a room with other gowned women for my name to be called. I went into the mammogram room and the nurse proceeded to perform my test. I was asked to wait in a smaller waiting room and then was told that they needed to do the test one more time. They did different scans three additional times before finally telling me that they saw a small area of concern and I would need to come by for a biopsy. I was scared to death. My mind was racing...what if I have breast cancer, what about my kids, what about my family, what about my business....I don't have time for this.
The day of the procedure came and my dear sweet mamma came with me to the hospital. She held my hand as the doctor did the biopsy procedure. My results came back and THANKFULLY I was told that it was not cancer, however, I now have to go back every 6 months for the next 2 year to keep an eye on the area of concern just to make sure that there are not any changes.
I was lucky.
Each of these ladies have the most incredible stories. They are mothers. They are wives. They are brave. They are survivors.
I know that it is no longer October, but I think that we should be "aware" of our bodies...every bit of it all year long.
I need to be better to my body. I want to be better. Join me.
THANK YOU LADIES for being a part of this. You are each so beautiful and I have SO much respect for you. Thank you for allowing me to capture your spirit.