Portrait of a Lady Preparing to Battle “The Big C”
“Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.” ~ Marcia Smith ~
A cousin recently asked if I would photograph a family friend who wanted a portrait of herself while she still had her beautiful, thick head of silver-grey hair — hair that she would likely lose due to the aggressive chemo and radiation being planned to treat her recently diagnosed Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC). My answer was an absolute and resounding YES.
Not only did I schedule the portrait session to take place in her home within a couple of days, but I also waived the sitting fee. I probably would have done the same for anyone battling a life threatening illness, but those patients fighting this particular disease (SCLC) are especially near and dear to my heart. You see, my father was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer nearly 2 1/2 years ago and after six months of treatment, he has been cancer free for nearly two years. For that, I am very grateful.
I am thankful that my cousin thought to ask me to photograph her friend. I am just hopeful that I captured her strength, her courage, and her beautiful hair through these images and that she can stand proud as she prepares to do battle with “The Big C”. Whether standing or sitting, she will also have her trusty little sidekick, her Jack Russell Terrier named Bailey, by her side.
Here are a few memorable shots from our session.