October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and definitely a time that is close to my heart. Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night was always a blast in high school, and also an amazing reminder that a community coming together to lift up those who are fighting a fight that seems so isolating can help those people win their battle.
The other day, I had realized that I had forgotten about this fight, and was taking my health for granted, even after having watched my mom battle cancer for almost half of my high school experience. I know what it’s like to watch someone you love go through the surgeries to keep their body from trying to kill them. I was there with my two sisters with our long brown hair, while my mom was losing hers. Through the sickness and through the tears, we still had hope.
Hope came through laughing at the jokes about my mom’s now-short showers because she didn’t have to worry about washing her hair. It came from trust in the Lord that He had a plan, and that He is “our refuge and strength, a helper found in times of trouble… though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the sea.” (Psalm 46). It came through the love of a community that brought us dinners and prayed for us after my mom’s surgeries, the teachers at Weiser High School that shaved their heads to match my mom’s bright, shining noggin, and the people willing to ask “How are you doing, really?” That community meant so much to our family, and my mom is able to wear her scars proudly, knowing that there are so many important things that cancer didn’t, and could not, take away from her.
After having seen all of this, I think that as a community member that has been blessed this small platform, I have a duty to pay forward that kindness that my family received.
I want to give away a free session for someone that has been, or is currently affected by cancer. It’s so easy to forget how much we need to celebrate the moment that we’re in right now, and capturing that moment is so important.
If you or someone you know, has been, or is currently affected by, cancer, go to https://www.ssphotographydesign.com/cancer-session/ to enter yourself or that person to win a completely FREE session (family, portrait, couple), valued at over $200 in Boise or the surrounding area. The session includes a flash drive of all of the pictures, as well as a print package.
The contest ends October 27th at midnight, and I will be announcing the winner on the 28th.
More information can be found on the form page.
I hope that in some way that this can lighten the load, and remind those fighters that there are still so many things to love about yourself, and the people you surround yourself with, even though cancer sucks.