Thursday, 8 March 2012

I Heart Faces - Beautiful B&W

This week's contest subject over at I Heart Faces is Beautiful B&W.
My entry is very personal to me.
On the 1st of February 2012 my families life was turned upside down by  a disease that touches all too many lives.
My Husband had his Cancer diagnosis confirmed.
After spending a month in hospital and enduring two complicated and huge operations my husband is finally home,
and we hope well on his way to winning his fight with Cancer.

We decided that we should make some kind of record of this fight for our children as it is now a part of who we are and our family history.
As I really rather enjoy photography we decided I would take a photo each month to keep a record of his fight and the effects it has on his body and mind.
This is the first photo taken just after he finally returned home after what has been and will continue to be a grewling and difficult fight.



After not picking up a camera for almost two months since this journey began it felt amazing to be photographing such an inspirational and courageous man.

Thank you for looking x

44 comments:

  1. Awesome shot. Saying a prayer for you all!

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  2. Praying for your husband! May his treatment be successful!

    Lovely photo as well.

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  3. This shot is excellent.. beautiful lighting, great profile.. very well done. The reason behind it is heartbreaking, and I am sending up prayers and wishes for a complete recovery for your husband. May you all have Peace, Joy, and Hope as your constant companions on this journey...

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  4. Incredible idea and beautiful shot. My Mother passed away from cancer and I wish I had picked up a camera more often to photograph her journey. My thought and payers are with you and your family

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  5. Amazing and such a beautiful story.

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  6. Beautifully brave - praying for your family.

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  7. Stunning image and inspiring story! I will keep you all in my prayers.

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  8. The lighting on this is amazing! Many thoughts coming your way.....

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  9. Beautiful image..Prayers to your family.

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  10. I will pray for him and for you. What a scary thing to be going through. God bless.

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  11. Praying for you guys! such a beautiful photo!

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  12. beautiful image and a powerful story.. I hope you and your husband feel all the prayers coming your way.

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  13. this is all to familiar for me. My husband had two major surgeries and two minor ones from a cancer diagnosis. He was given a three week prognosis. I am happy to report that 2 years later he is cancer free. I did not think to photograph the journey. Since then, I have been fortunate to photograph an amazing group of inspirational women who are all Breast Cancer Survivors. Your photograph is amazing. I will keep you in my positive thoughts. Carpe Diem.

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  14. Your photograph is very powerful. Will keep your family in my prayers. Btw, I love the images of your son for his baptism. Awesome!

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  15. We just returned from our "big surgery" a few weeks ago. And defiantly delayed treatment a week to take a vacation and LIVE for seven days.

    My photos didn't turn out nearly as amazing as your incredible headshot... but I am there clicking behind the lens to try to record what our life is like now. It puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

    Thank you for this. I know you understand. Praying for your family!

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  16. beautiful photo! Sending positive thoughts and healing your way!

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  17. a beautiful and powerful photo~sending strength and healing thoughts, and many hugs..

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this powerful image and your story with our community. We are praying for you, your husband and your family!

    -Angie & Amy
    co-founders of I Heart Faces

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  19. I'm a survivor of hodgkin's lymphoma. After two years of chemo, a stemcell transplant and a clinical trial. I got the all clear. Cancer can suck the life right out of you, if you let it. Stay strong! And yes, your lives have changed forever. You will look at things differently now; appreciate things more, have more compassion for those around you. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  20. Praying for all of you. What a strong and moving image of your husband. Thank you for sharing your photos and your story of strength and healing.

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  21. I'm a survivor of hodgkin's lymphoma. After two years of chemo, a stemcell transplant and a clinical trial. I got the all clear. Cancer can suck the life right out of you, if you let it. Stay strong! And yes, your lives have changed forever. You will look at things differently now; appreciate things more, have more compassion for those around you. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  22. I'm a survivor of hodgkin's lymphoma. After two years of chemo, a stemcell transplant and a clinical trial. I got the all clear. Cancer can suck the life right out of you, if you let it. Stay strong! And yes, your lives have changed forever. You will look at things differently now; appreciate things more, have more compassion for those around you. Keep fighting the good fight!

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  23. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
    Isaiah 41:10
    Praying for you and your husband.

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  24. This is so very special. My photo is of my 96 1/2 year old Grandma and my granddaughter. My Grandma is in palliative care at the moment and not expected to be around long (but we're not God, so who knows). It's ok, though, because she wants to be with my Grandpa and the rest of her loved ones. I hope and pray your husband lives as long and full a life as my Grandma has. Prayers for you.

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  25. I love the verse that Genny shared above. I would add Isaiah 26:3-4 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." Those verses got me through some very difficult days when my own husband was fighting cancer. I feel so much for you as you start this journey. I wonder if you have faith in God to help you through it. I honestly don't think I could have gotten through without it. Praying for strength and courage for you both!

    Your photo is beautiful,by the way. I think it's great that you are documenting this as part of your history.

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  26. Praying for continued blessings to be sent to your family!

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  27. Beautiful!!! God bless your and your family.

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  28. Such a beautiful and strong image. Best wishes to your family.

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  29. Cancer can be a gift. Choose to live life in a new light. It will get you down but don't let it break you. I am a Stage 3 breast cancer 4 year survivor. My diagnosis was grim but I am here today. Love and cherish those who love you. Stay strong, determined and you will win! My heart goes out to your entire family b/c it affects the entire family.

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  30. My thoughts & prayers are with your family. Your beautifully dramatic photo tells not only of your husband's courage in this fight, but yours as well. Stay strong and know that even strangers are praying for you and your family in the midst of your struggles. ~Kelly

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  31. What a powerful image...thank you for sharing such a personal struggle. My thoughts are with you and your beautiful family.

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  32. Amazing story and photograph. Praying that God will wrap his arms around you and your family during this time of need.

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  33. i love the idea you have of documenting this journey. may you and your family have His peace that passes all understanding, and ultimate healing. gorgeous image ~ love the story it tells.

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  34. Beautiful photo. Faith can move mountains. Stay strong!

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  35. That's a fantastic photo!!!!!! He looks so peaceful. Keep capturing those precious moments! Prayers for you & your family.

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  36. Beautiful shot - sending you positive vibes for your family.

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