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Cancer Breast Awareness

We Are Always on Your Side - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Accept Help - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
An Emotional Memory - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
At Odds - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Better Things Have to Come - - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Chemo 5 Day Collapse - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Digging Deep Down - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Find the Courage - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Have Faith - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Hope Eternal - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use
Hoping - Dedicated to Michele Randell who Provided me With a Photo to Use

How does one write about a subject close to one's heart and experience. A subject that one is neither proud of or really happy to express in words. Unfortunately you ask me for 700 (300) words. I believe that photography can tell a story all by itself through the picture/pictures before you. By using emotional expressions, body parts, colours, lines, movement and also by creating moods and feelings through abstraction. As you know my love is abstraction and I am always experimenting; this is a new experimentation of merging, playing with colouring, suggestive lines, reproducing similar images to the original but using different focus ranges and generally searching one's creative mind for solutions.

Photography is bound to tell a story either literally or creatively. I believe that once one becomes comfortable and in love with one's camera we are inclined to be much more inquisitive than we ever were before.

Cancer is one of those diseases that is unknown from beginning to end. Initially I did not understand why no one would tell me what to expect. To be honest there is no way to advise anyone else what to expect, the treatments and diagnosis are different and each of our bodies reacts differently. What I can advise is to be prepared for pain and suffering. However, also be prepared to look for the positive and have an upbeat outlook with your family, friends and doctors. You are allowed to have an occasional outburst (you are human after all) with those close to you, as long as you return to your positive mode. It is for your own benefit as well as others. People react to one's mood and feel much easier and happier to deal with a positive you than a negative one.

Also during hard times we find the strength to appreciate all the good things that people are doing for us and putting our gratitude into words makes others feel very good about themselves.

Sometimes it is difficult to realize, but when one stops to think what we would want to know from a loved one re there health honesty sets in. Be honest with your family and best friends about the cancer you are facing and the real situation. You don't have to advertise your health to the whole world and your family and friends will keep it to themselves if you so request. Now more than ever is a time to trust and you will learn to trust more as your treatment continues.

As in all challenges you will learn some good and useful lessons about yourself, your family and friends and surely in the end you will all celebrate together and live a closer and happier life being much more aware of and appreciative of your loved ones and life around you.

To me an important thing to remember is that life has a beginning and an end and when my time comes I hope that I can accept it and move on which is after all life's circle.

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4 responses

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (11 Nov 2011):

    Well done and very moving, Sonia.

  • Chrisso Newton

    Chrisso Newton gave props (12 Nov 2011):

    Thank you.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (24 Jul 2012):

    Thank you for sharing, well done and very moving. Sonia you are a great woman and my friend.
    Davide

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff   gave props (5 Mar 2013):

    This is a very brave, honest, and warm story told in words and images. Thank you.

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