the “C” word & Images for a Cure.

 

“hate” is such a strong word.

 

……. but ………

 

I do hate one thing more than anything in this world..

 That thing is Cancer.

 

 

“2.38% of women born today will be diagnosed with cancer of the breast at some time during their lifetime. This number can also be expressed as 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with cancer of the breast during their lifetime.”

These are the kind of statistics you read in healthcare.

 

 The statistics you don’t always hear are that your mother, aunts, cousins, several friends, and potentially even yourself might be included in that percentage. Not to mention the many, many more we all know that are affected by other forms of Cancer.

 

When I chose to specialize in MRI I didn’t really understand how big a role Cancer would play in my day-to-day routine. Especially with recent developments on just how effective MRI is in detecting and staging Breast Cancer.  This past year it has seriously monopolized my thoughts.  (I’m sure I’m not the only one.)  Cancer has never affected me in my entire life like it has the last year and some odd months.  I run an MRI machine at several local Indianapolis Cancer Centers. Two different healthcare organizations, two different MRI machine brands, 12 different MRI machines, tons of different MRI sequences, and hundreds and hundreds of people and faces later… What I’ve learned is that these people fighting for their lives are some of the most resilient souls I have ever met.  Oftentimes they are the kindest patients I will meet all week. I feel truly blessed when they feel I am worthy of their story’s. They make me smile & cry, they inspire me, they make me want to wake up in the morning and head into work before daylight.  A lot of them have helped me to see hope in the future. I have embraced a new way of living life because of these simple facts and their truths.. They give me purpose.  MRI isn’t always known for being the bearers of good news.  It’s hit or miss. The thing I’ve struggled most with aside from not being able to do more for these incredible warriors, is the fact that I see IT… Sometimes before they even know IT. It’s my job to pray for these people, and provide comfort and a smile.

I have friends who are breast cancer survivors, fighting breast cancer, and that have succumbed to breast cancer.  Each of them are amazing women, that have a zest for life like I have never seen.  These women are the reason I have joined the organization Images for a Cure.  Photographers from ALL over the World are combining their talents and efforts for this singular cause.  It is giving me another outlet to give back to these women who have given me so much.  I will be donating 100% of my session fees for one week in October, and one week in November to this cause.  Money raised will be going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Here are ways you can help :

  • If you are a photographer and want to be a part of this you can find the information here.  Clients will donate through a secure FirstGiving link to donate their session fees directly to this effort.
  • If you are a client  and not in the Indianapolis area you can help by donating directly here or finding a local photographer here.  Please contact me here if you are interested in booking one of these sessions with me.

 

Images for a Cure Informational Video featuring Kristen Weaver

I urge each and every one of you to hug those close to you, and wake up with a fresh outlook on life every single day.  Smile at a complete stranger today – you just never know what they truly might be going through…  Trust me, it will change the course of your entire life by adopting that practice.
If you choose to donate  – thanks for giving back.  I appreciate and love each of you.
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