I shot this session back around Thanksgiving, but I am just now getting a chance to share about this awesome family. Aidrie reached out during my October Cancer Session giveaway to share her family’s story. I feel so blessed to be able to get to spend a little bit of time with Aidrie and Baylie and their parents, and to see how strong and wonderful all of them are, especially their mom, Kim.
I don’t want to speak for the Voiles, so instead I am going to share their story in Aidrie’s words about how her family battled and beat breast cancer.
“Last fall, almost exactly a year ago, my mom, Kim, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I am a senior in high school, so I was only a junior at the time. This was extremely hard on my 11 year old sister and I. We quickly had to be able to fend for ourselves while my dad cared for her everyday. Life changed so quickly and we were all extremely scared.
Doctors said she would only need radiation, hopefully. She moved to Seattle temporarily to receive radiation every day. This went on for 3 months. She finally finished in February. At this point, doctors decided that they were going to give her chemotherapy just to be safe. She had a month without any treatment before she started chemotherapy treatments in Fruitland every two weeks. She was treated with chemo until May 16th. Over the course of her treatment, she lost all her hair, was sick every day, struggled to get out of bed, and lost fingernails and eyelashes.
She has been doing SO good ever since she finished and has been considered in remission for the past months. Her hair is growing back slowly and her confidence returns in small doses day by day. At the Payette County Rodeo on ‘Pink Night’, I honored my mom as I packed the breast cancer awareness ‘Get Screened’ flag. The community’s support, especially that day, was truly uncovered and overwhelming. The battle will never be over for any of us, especially her. I am so thankful and blessed that my mom is a survivor.
One thing that no one would know by looking at my mom is that she is the most selfless person ever. She will go miles beyond for people before she thinks about herself. She is truly amazing. I really want this session for my mother and I because we have been through so much and I feel that these pictures could serve as a memory, showing the happy ending that our story truly has. My mom is beautiful… [but] as she fought her battle, [she] felt vulnerable without hair or eyelashes… I really want my mom to feel like people will look at these pictures the way that I have always seen her, the most beautiful and brave woman alive. She deserves to be in the spotlight more than anyone. She is a warrior.”
I absolutely loved hearing Aidrie talk about her mom, and she was definitely right about how wonderful she is! The whole session was filled with smiles and laughter, and all of them rocked the spotlight, especially Kim.