My wife Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer just 5 months after our wedding and 4 years later she passed. Hoping to show people what day to day life with cancer is like I photographed our life.
Beautiful photographs… But this definitely hit close to home for me personally. I know I don’t usually share personal things here - but I feel like this needs to be exposed. To remind people that they aren’t alone. We know any type of cancer will have a HUGE impact in someone’s life and those who have to experience it - always question “why”. Why does it happen to us? Why does it happen to the people we love?… And the list goes on.
But I must admit, I admire this man who has created beautiful work and found a way to touch others. But I absolutely love what he wrote:
Sadly, most people do not want to hear these realities and at certain points we felt our support fading away. Other cancer survivors share this loss. People assume that treatment makes you better, that things become OK, that life goes back to “normal.” However, there is no normal in cancer-land. Cancer survivors have to define a new sense of normal, often daily. And how can others understand what we had to live with everyday?
My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife. They show the challenge, difficulty, fear, sadness and loneliness that we faced, that Jennifer faced, as she battled this disease. Most important of all, they show our Love. These photographs do not define us, but they are us.
And I can’t help but express appreciation for this and making this something for others to understand (I hope). But to show this kind of love is absolutely beautiful and touching. But please check it out.
"…scary…Exciting… The only thing waiting in the deep end of the pool is opportunity & maybe, just maybe a shot of greatness”. So I suppose this is my attempt of jumping in the deep end with out knowing how to swim.
I feel like most New Yorkers take this for granted that its in their own back yard. But to many people who don’t see this often, or haven’t seen it at all. This statue is very meaningful and symbolic to them.
Just don’t take things for granted. Especially the things that are right in front of you.