I first met Darcel back in April when she contacted me to do a session with her and her lovely family. (you can see that session here - Darcel) . During our session we discussed doing pictures of her journey through Chemo. Bringing awareness to Ovarian Cancer is something I have a passion for and you can see why here . Some of the ideas we had we werent able to do but recently we got together for a little themed type of shoot. Darcel is certainly a warrior and we wanted to bring a little awareness to Ovarian Cancer as well. I am really pleased with the way the shoot turned out.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, about 22,280 new cases
of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 15,500 women will die of ovarian cancer
in the United States.
According to the data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not
improved in forty years since the “War on Cancer” was declared. However, other
cancers have shown a marked reduction in mortality, due to the availability of
early detection tests and improved treatments. Unfortunately, this is not the
case with ovarian cancer, which is still the deadliest of all gynecologic
A woman’s lifetime risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 71.
A woman’s lifetime risk of dying from invasive ovarian cancer is 1 in 95.
Please know the symptoms and help spread the word.
Symptoms are Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or fealing full quickly, and urinary urgency/change in frequency. Please see your gynecologist if you have these symtpoms almost daily for more than one to two weeks.
Please visit Darcel's website for more on her story.
Please Visit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for ways to help and for more information on Ovarian Cancer.
And now, A Warrior.
(make-up provided by the lovely, Katy Quirk.)
i recently had the honor of meeting a very brave, strong, and inspiring woman.
she contacted me to take pictures of her little family.
she has battled ovarian cancer and needs to begin another round of chemo
because of some remaining cancer cells.
she told me she wanted some pictures done before she lost her hair again.
during our session, we began discussing ovarian cancer awareness (check out my up coming event)
and Darcel asked if I would be willing
to document her scars and her journey through this round of chemo.
" ... I want to let people see what I have gone through, to help them understand that cancer is not always a "death sentence". It is what you make it. Yeah it is not a fun or beautiful thing, but it is real. Also scars can be scary, but there is a story behind everyone of them...."
so please check back in the coming weeks for more of Darcel's story in photographs.
here are a few pictures from our session the other day.
family is defined as a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.
i firmly believe our pets are our children.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark,
in the hopeless swamps of the approximate,
the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
Do not let the hero in your soul perish,
in lonely frustration for the life you deserved,
but have never been able to reach.
Check your road and the nature of your battle.
The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.
Please check out Darcel's website HERE
Most of you know that on June 2nd is my Spring Portrait event and basket party. This event will take place from 2pm-7pm. Prior to the event people can sign up for a 15 minute mini portrait session. These sessions are $10.00. There will also be a basket party and prizes available for guests to try and win by purchasing tickets. A local DJ will be playing music and we are also having food at the event.
I am donating all of the money from this event to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance continues to be a voice for ovarian cancer survivors and works to reduce the number of deaths from ovarian cancer by advocating at the federal level for adequate funding for ovarian cancer research and for legislation that improves the quality of life and access to care for cancer patients. According to data, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in forty years since the “War on Cancer” was declared. However, other cancers have shown a marked reduction in mortality, due to the availability of early detection tests and improved treatments. Unfortunately, this is not the case with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer accounts for approximately three percent of cancers in women. While the ninth most common cancer among women, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women, and is the deadliest of gynecologic cancers.
Your contribution will help support all of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s advocacy, education, and awareness programs. At this time we are asking for gift certificates, baskets, or cash donations to make our portrait event and basket party a success.
Please help me bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer and raise money for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
RIP Aunt Molly, always in my heart. I miss you so much .
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I have tried my hand at blogging before but never really stuck to it. I decided to give it another go, so here I am. I am normally a very private person so it is hard for me to sit here and try to think of things to write about.
Just a little warning before you read farther- I'm a bad speller and I dont use punctuation when I should, my thoughts are rambling and right now I have a migraine so I'm positive this post will be crap. I'm an artist, not an english professor. The creativity in my brain pushes out the things I deem to be useless, such as anything needed to get by in the real world.
I wish I had more time to work on my art. I have so many ideas but never enough time to do it. I have an art studio in my grandparents attic but when I get off work I'm just too tired to go there to do anything. One of my new years resolutions is to get back to what makes me happiest--- BEING CREATIVE.
This all started last year when I entered the sketchbook project 2011. I posted about it on my other blog. I decided to enter again for 2012 and use this to get t my creative juices flowing again.
A little bit about the project---- you sign up, you pick a theme, you use the theme as a starting off point and go from there. You can alter the book any way you want to. The theme I chose was, I Remember You. I chose this theme because I had planned to draw things that reminded me of my childhood. With my 30th Birthday on the horizon I have been thinking a lot about my younger days ......SIGH....
In October, the theme of my sketchbook took on a new meaning after my brave, wonderful, amazing aunt, Amelia "Molly" Rhoades, passed away after her battle with ovarian cancer. She was such an amazing woman and no one could ever replace the hole left in our family by her passing. She holds a special place in all of our hearts and there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of her.
I have included many things in this book, memories, loved ones that have passed, beloved pets that have passed, some of you reading may recognize things in this book, most of you will be confused about the meaning. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Unless your going to be mean, then keep your comments to yourself : o).
- the pictures start with the front cover and end with the back cover, some of the pages are stand alone and some face the other page, you can probably figure out which ones go together, you're all smart people-
- also, the scanner made some of these blurry, but you get the idea.
Photographer, artist, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter, foodie, dreamer... in no particular order.....