photos by James Johnson
In September 2008, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. My story is like that of so many other cancer victims: shock, loss and devastation. Life changes not only for the cancer patient, but for all of those around them. I am embarrassed to say that I was completely ignorant about cancer and felt side swiped. Soon, I was forced to become educated about ultrasounds, biopsies, ports, surgeons, oncologists, treatments, finances, emotions and everything from A to Z when dealing with cancer.
I endured four invasive surgeries, aggressive chemo and radiation, lost my hair, my breasts, my looks and my car. But, I have gained compassion, understanding, gratitude, grace and most importantly â€¦ life.
Throughout all of this, Scott has stood by my side. It’s a true testament of his love and commitment when he looks at me as he did the day we met. We are able to laugh about how I look without my wig and breast prosthesis. Scott calls it the “2009 Concentration Camp Barbie” look. At the end of the day, despite all that we have lost, we have a tremendous deep and intimate love for each other and our children and that is all that really matters.
Scott is no longer suffering from depression, anxiety or bi-polar symptoms. He is playing music with friends and locals in his spare time, and we were wed in a small, intimate ceremony on August 14th, 2009.