My Best Friend From Grade School

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© Laurie McCormick
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UploadedDecember 11, 2009
TakenDecember 7, 2009
Exposure1/20 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length7.4 mm
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Q: I am really into my wildlife photography but cannot afford a super zoom lens, I have a 300mm and am considering a teleconvertor. Has anybody had a experience with these and would you recommend them?

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This beautiful, successful woman has been my best friend for close to 50 YEARS. We grew up together yet we ended up living on different coasts of the US. We have remained best friends because we share those most important elements in life; childhood, memories, family, early friendships, first jobs together, obtaining our social security numbers at the same time, etc. Last year I flew to the east coast and dropped by to see her and I was taken aback by her condition. No one informed me that she had become ill. After a year of all kinds of tests, it was finally discovered about 3 months ago that she has huge amounts of poison in her system. I went to see her again and to stay with her this past week, only to find that her conditon had worsened which saddens me to the core. I spent several days photographing her and helping her to the various doctor's offices for treatments. She cannot stand or walk on her own, can hardly speak, she doesn't sleep and she stares off in space, yet her mind is keen. I feel helpless and this is my way to keep her out in front with hopes of a recovery. I pray for her every day. I love you girl.

34 responses

  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Oh, Laurie----what a tragedy! I pray the doctors will be able to heal her. How lucky she is to have a friend like you!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    How terribly sad and I agree, what a terrible tragedy, perhaps they will find a cure for her, I do hope so. If nothing else, she has one of the greatest treasurers in life, your friendship!!!!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    What a wonderful bosom friend you are!! This is such a sad story. Keep on praying!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Sad yet a lovely friendship, Like Donald said keep praying. dp

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    good luck, wonderful and powerful image.

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson said (12 Dec 2009):

    What a story and photo. I hope she feels better soon.

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (12 Dec 2009):

    I am sitting here - crying - This photo tugs the *Heart strings - off to hug my Daughter and to remind her (yet again) how very much I ♥ Her. Please tell your Beautiful Friend "Thank You" - for sharing herself with us through your eyes...

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Amazing real capture!

  • Melissa Alicia Cavero

    Melissa Alicia Cavero gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    This is very powerful

  • Kel Casey

    Kel Casey gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful photo and touching story. I hope she recovers quickly. Is she doing chelation?

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    I feel your pain. She really need some alternative treatment to get that poison out her system.

  • sasha ormond

    sasha ormond said (14 Dec 2009):

    tears here.

  • Greg Lightbourn

    Greg Lightbourn (Deleted) said (15 Dec 2009):

    Amazing photograph and story- it captured me and held me.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    how sad, but how wonderful to have a friend like you!

  • Laurie Self

    Laurie Self (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    A beautiful photo and such a heart-rending thoughts are with you both.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    She is blessed as are you to have such a binding friendship. Poor lady..could they not identify the poison? Maybe there is a Doctor House equivalent somewhere near.

  • Laurie McCormick

    Laurie McCormick said (16 Dec 2009):


  • ellie huntress

    ellie huntress said (16 Dec 2009):

    This is so beautiful. Description gave me chills.

  • Huang Ian

    Huang Ian gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Props to both the picture and you Laurie

  • Whitney Kane

    Whitney Kane said (18 Dec 2009):

    What a moving photograph. Did the camera tend to give you a numbing affect to the circumstances while shooting? I shot my dying and then dead grandmother and it did just that for me. I felt invincibly untouched by the emotion that was happening around me until I put the camera down and took a step back from what was going on.

  • Laurie McCormick

    Laurie McCormick said (18 Dec 2009):

    Yes Whitney. When I went to see her, I brought my camera to use as a shield from the pain this is causing me. To see my friend deteriorate from the strong, athletic, dynamic, high powered individual she IS in my eyes, to having to lean on someone 100% of the time and experience this mental & physical anguish she is encountering, seemed to much for me to bare. The camera was the conduit for me. Thanks for your comments and everyone else, THANK YOU.

  • Jeets Photography

    Jeets Photography (Deleted) gave props (18 Dec 2009):

    Our prayers are with your friend. Hope she recovers soon. You are indeed a very good friend Laurie.

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (21 Dec 2009):

    good luck to you both - I hope you make it through. You are lucky to have such a strong friendship. Best wishes

  • John Conneely

    John Conneely said (22 Dec 2009):

    I'll say a prayer too...

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (23 Dec 2009):

    Powerful picture! hope and Pray for early recovery... God bless!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    Wonderful tribute and entry.

  • Chibelle

    Chibelle gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    Touching and Beautiful Story all in one capture! Our prayers are with your friend

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    So sorry for both of you Laurie.....this hits mother is suffering with Parkinsons. God bless her care giver as well. Amazing how these poisons rob us of ourselves and those we love. Cherish your memories.

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    Having experienced taking care of my Mother who was elderly and watching her go down, I know the pain of losing someone you love and watching them suffer so much. But to have your friend who is YOUNG and vital stricken by this poisoning thing must just be inconceiveable to you. ANd to not be able to be there all the time to help her, so hard. This image is universal. We all have our own memories/experiences of dealing with illness, pain, and suffering. The way she is leaning on you doing this BASIC thing of brushing her teeth is very powerful. Bless you both, and I pray for a miracle for her recovery.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan said (1 Jan 2010):

    This that you describe is a history of great love and friendship.

    You have the heart much bond Laurie, a rare thing to our days.

    A kiss and a prayer for your friend.

  • Laurie McCormick

    Laurie McCormick said (1 Jan 2010):

    Thank you sincerely to all my Jpgmag friends. Your kind words bring warmth to my heart. Happy New Year to you all. :)

  • Charissa Lind

    Charissa Lind (Deleted) gave props (4 Jan 2010):

    Beautiful and heartwrenching...praying for the both of you!

  • Phyllis Hanson

    Phyllis Hanson gave props (5 Jan 2010):

    Wow, very touching and so glad you were able to pick up your camera even if only as a "shield". When my big brother- my only brother was 40 he was diagnosed with cancer. He asked me to document his journey through photographs. He believed he was going to make it, unfortunately he didn't... I've sent up a prayer for your friend and pray that she returns to her "strong, athletic, dynamic, high powered individual" you know so well.

  • Pernille Sue Winton

    Pernille Sue Winton said (7 Jan 2010):

    Thank you for sharing your feelings in both photo and words - to both of you. I have a strong urge, though this is not the place really, to point to an alternative method of cleansing out poisons of many kinds, even heavy metals. Its a blue-green algae that has strong purifying capabilities and sells in pills under the name "Chlorella" (amongst others I believe). Were I you I would google keywords and see if any matching symptoms and the use of Chlorella would appear in connection with recovery. Blessings to you both.

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