"The Many Gifts in Life are Illuminated when Battling Cancer" - my dear friend Kevin Farley, who passed away in 2010 of melonoma
I have been affected by cancer far too much in my lifetime. My earliest memory was when I was 4 years old and I accompanied my mother by train from El Paso, Texas all the way to Philadelphia to attend her brother's funeral. He died of leukemia when he was only 37 years old leaving behind 3 young children and his adoring wife.
Through the years I've had many close friends go through their own private battle with cancer. Most recently it became personal. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 when he was only 49 years old. Many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer but at a much later stage in life, typically after age 65. Being diagnosed at an early age was frightening. It was in over 50% of his prostate and at that stage and age it could have had a far different outcome had he not been diagnosed so early.
So much about the journey with cancer is early detection. My husband and I are strong advocates about regular physicals and establishing a baseline of your important health stats. Early detection saved my husband.
When I saw this video by Sue Bryce and Hailey Bartholomew I was blown away. Jill Brzezinski-Conley was only 31 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After 4 years of chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy it has returned. Now it is inoperable terminal bone cancer as it has progressed beyond her breasts.
I am posting this video to our blog for several reasons. Most of all to watch in awe as the story unfolds. Hailey and Sue did a incredible job illuminating Jill's story.
The second reason is to see the power that we all have of telling someone's story. I adore Sue and Hailey as people, they are amazing. But to see what fantastic storytellers they are with their cameras is beyond amazing. Watch their documentary. And do yourself and your loved ones a big favor and get that physical. Men and women alike, do it, do it now.
Sue Bryce and Hailey Bartholomew filmed/photographed this entirely with their Canon 5D Mark ii and Mark iii. The amazing power of a DSLR to capture someone's story.