How Breast Cancer Changed My Life

February 24, 2014

Many of you know, and many do not, that breast cancer changed my life. It’s a hellacious disease that robs people of precious time, whether or not the person survives. On Feb. 24, 2005, my mother died after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. The loss affected every area of my life perhaps more than any single moment before or since. Shortly before I was set to graduate college, my family buried our beloved Mom. It was tough to say the least and indescribable to be honest. Nine years later, thinking about the loss still feels like a solid punch in the gut.

When someone fights breast cancer, they often lose, whether it’s their hair, their breasts or their health during chemo or other treatments. But the lucky ones don’t lose their lives. They get to continue living and know that they are stronger than they ever imagined.

Mom and I, ca. 2004Mom generally wore pink with every outfit -- the hotter the pink, the better.

 

In my mom’s case, breast cancer won. That’s a hard pill to swallow. But in the face of loss, I’d like to give to a woman who has fought and won against breast cancer, or is currently fighting.

From now until March 31, 2014, I’m asking you to suggest a breast cancer survivor you know (or someone who is currently battling breast cancer, if they feel up to it), who would like to have a makeover and photo session FREE. I’m counting on you to suggest friends who may benefit from a day of getting pampered by a professional hair/makeup artist and having beautiful photographs to remember the day.

Here are the details:

Nominate a friend or family member by March 31, 2014, by filling in the brief info below and emailing it to me at shannon@copperdoorstudios.com.

PLEASE tell the person they are being nominated. If they won’t want to be photographed, I won’t want to choose them for this.

On or before April 7, 2014, I’ll notify the person who has won the makeover and photo session.

We’ll choose a day for their photo session.

On the day of the photo session, the winning person will come to Copper Door Studios in Ridge Spring, S.C., have their hair and makeup professionally done, and have a photo session that will last 1 to 2 hours. I’ll also do a short Q&A with them so I can share the winner’s story and photos on my blog. The whole day will take 3 to 4 hours.

Two weeks after the session, the winner will choose from about 25 edited proofs and will receive a folio box with 8 matted prints of their choosing. This is FREE to the winner. No cost is involved for the winner except transportation to my studio in Ridge Spring, S.C., and, if the winner wants, new clothes to bring to their session.

To nominate a friend, please email this *required info to shannon@copperdoorstudios.com:


* Name of nominee:
* Address:
* Photo number:
* Email:
* How long have they battled breast cancer?
*Age:

* Why would this person benefit from a makeover and photo session?

* Name of nominator:
* Address:
* Photo number:
* Email:
* How do you know the nominee?

 

Note: Entries without this information will not be considered. C'mon, it's not that much to fill in!


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