Three new Beauty After Breast Cancer shoots, with many more to come!
Beauty After Breast Cancer has been interviewing local breast cancer patients/survivors, and we're in the process of completing 18 stories and photos in the Jackson County area, before traveling up to Portland and Seattle, then down to L.A. and Hollywood to collect additional stories.
Here's a look at some of our recent photos.
Joyce is a healthy, joyful lady who told us "I just want to put on some music, and celebrate and express myself through dancing". So that is one of the things we did for her photo session, and I don't think I've ever seen a more joyful portrait than what resulted from her photo session.
Mary suffered horrible radiation burns from her breast cancer, but I have never met a more charming, sweet-natured person in my life. She and her husband were cuter than kittens as they cuddled and kissed through Mary's session.
In spite of everything she's been through, Mary continued to express to us the number of blessings that cancer brought into her life. She is truly an angelic lady, who demonstrates perfectly how our scars do not have to define us.
Gorgean was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 years old. She delayed her reconstruction for five years, until that choice made sense for her life. 25 years later she "deconstructed" her reconstruction. She opted to remove her implants rather than replace them when one started leaking 20 years after her initial reconstruction. Six years later, she's still doing great… a 32 year survivor of cancer.
We "borrowed" a kitten for her photos, as a way to honor the kitten that slept and cuddled with her while she recovered from her chemo appointments years ago. Gorgean is a great reminder that there is flexibility in our reconstruction choices. We can choose the option that best fits our lives, and can make a different choice later in life if/when something else becomes a better fit.