These are images from the day before I got diagnosed through the early days and months...they capture the sense of shock, denial, pain, and fear I felt while still trying to put on a brave face and get ready for the fight. Diagnosis blends into treatment, because there is rarely a straight path through the Big C.
These images and videos capture more of the nitty gritty of treatment: chemo, surgeries, and radiation. They show the "breaks" from treatment, the travel, the life that kept on while still illustrating the pain, fear, and joy that I felt throughout.
The high moments of living with clear margins! The life I started after I had completed chemo infusions, surgery, and radiation while still remaining on oral chemo. I had moments where I could pretend I was my "old" self, even for a day. And then experienced things I couldn't have imagined: wearing a gorgeous red dress on a San Francisco evening; throwing out the ceremonial pitch at a SF Giants game; running on the beach with the kids; living.
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”