Survivors

One fine day in August, eighteen gorgeous women walked into my studio.

They’re not exactly young – most are above 50.

But they’re the most beautiful.

They are also the craziest.

No one ever made so much noise in my studio. No one ever laughed so much, and so loud.

They brightened my place. They made me laugh, and cry.

They brought life.

So much life, I couldn’t believe they were victims of breast cancer.

They survived, but cancer will always be part of them. No one knows when, or if, it will return.

Yet, instead of waiting for death, they embrace life.

Instead of burdening others, they found courage to support the ones they love.

Every day is a gift. A chance to embrace your children, your family. A chance to feel the sun on your face.

A new day.

It’s so easy to say, “live our lives to the fullest!” But until we face death, we may never appreciate the life given to us.

I’ve been privileged to photograph these eighteen courageous women, but my words and photographs can never express how much they’ve inspired me, and the ones they love.