Stripes and Leather

I remember when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought that I would never see myself the same way again. The funny thing is I don’t, I had lost my hair a few weeks into treatment and I immediately began losing weight.  I was stressed all the time, I thought about death all the time, and I worried all the time. It took about a year to move on and I imagine it will take  a lifetime to adjust to all the changes.

Truth is one day you wake up and you realize that your still here. All your friends will move on and
the out pour of attention from your initial diagnosis to the end of treatment will slowly dissipate. In the beginning of treatment everyone wants to know how they can help. When you complete treatment, they assume your fine because you look healthier. It’s all one big misconception, I’ve watched women with terminal cancer look like they never had the disease to begin with so the saying ” don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is the best cliche phrase to describe breast cancer.  Did you know that decades later this disease can return? It’s horrible to think that after poisonous treatments like chemo and radiation, the treatment process would have to be repeated. It’s the kind of  reality that no one should ever have to face especially since it’s likely to return as stage IV terminal cancer.
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The word “terminal” is so chilling, just imagine there never being an end to treatment. I’m sure you’ve all seen adults and children in your news feed on Facebook holding signs that read ” Today is my last chemo” in celebration of the end of treatment or at least one part of treatment. Can you imagine there never being an end? Can you imagine doing chemo and radiation for as long as your body is able to hold up? Once you become terminal, that is the plan. People living with metastatic breast cancer will go from one treatment to another until it either stops working or you stop working, meaning death.
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How does anyone live a “normal” life knowing that death is right around the corner because there is no cure. There is so much emphasis placed on building awareness but so little goes towards actual research to find a cure! It’s infuriating to see how much money so many non profits raise each year but there are still hundreds of men and women dying from the disease everyday. If you really want to make a difference support organizations like Metavior! It’s one of the only organizations that puts the majority of your money towards research to find an actual cure.
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Just imagine how many lives we could save!
As always thanks for stopping by I hope you love the pictures xoxo!
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Jacket Express

Blouse TJ Maxx

Shoes by NineWest sold at Ross

Wallet Target

 

 

 

“Life Imitates Art” Because I love Being A Woman…

Happy Women’s History Month ladies!! I was so excited to help recreate such an iconic figure.  The famous poster of “Rosie the Riveter”We Can Do It,  is a staple in our cultural history. Every time, I see this poster it just stands out because of it’s symbolic meaning of a woman’s economic power during WWII. I love being women 😉 I wouldn’t have it any other way! Women are the most beautiful, strong, and resilient creatures ever created.
I would consider myself a real life “Rosie” because as a woman, we wear so many hats on a daily basis. We deal with issues that men don’t ever have to encounter and I think it makes us ten times stronger. 
I love working on projects with my close friend and photograph Stacey, she’s beyond talented and I’ve watched her groom her craft over the past two years. She just keeps getting better and better with her photography. I’ve featured her work on my blog before (see previous post) and I must say it’s always a pleasure working with her on a personal and business level. 
I wish you all could see the before, done in her living room, on a plain yellow wall *giggles. She’s building her portfolio and trying new things and I’m more than happy to volunteer for a photograph. I would love it if you all stopped by her website and viewed her other works.
Photograph by: Stacey Lopez of  Simply Sweet Snapshots & Simply Intimate Sessions
Photographer: Stacey Lopez Of Simply Sweet Snapshots & Simply Intimate Sessions

If you live in the NY or CT area and are in need of an excellent photograph, she come highly recommended!

Find her here:
Facebook: Simply Sweet Snapshots  (family & portrait photography)
Facebook: Simply Intimate Sessions (boudoir & pinup photography)
TTFN