Imagine this scenario:
You go in for your kids’ normal yearly physicals, expecting the usual immunization tears and reward stickers. Instead, your doctor sends you immediately for blood work for your 3 year old. Next thing you know, you’re driving to NYC to Sloan Kettering Hospital to see an oncologist. Your totally normal life with three children suddenly turns into a diagnosis of Leukemia for your youngest, your baby.
That’s exactly what happened to Amelia and her family about a year ago.
I can’t even begin to imagine this scenario – the emotions, the fear, the sleepless nights, the vigilance, the treatments, the upheaval. It’s all too much.
For this reason, it was a privilege to shoot a documentary session for Amelia’s family. My hope was that this session would focus on their love, their laughter, and all the good in their lives in the midst of this turmoil.
What I noticed about Amelia’s family is that they try to lead a normal life, aside from the list of rules upon entering the house and the hand sanitizer in each room. The boys run at breakneck speed. Amelia tries to keep up. At one point one of her brothers explained matter-of-factly that Amelia couldn’t do something because “She has cancer.” I don’t know if you ever get used to that statement. But maybe after a while, it doesn’t seem to hold as much sway over your life.
There is a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu that says, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Hopefully these images are a little bit of that light in the darkness for Amelia’s family. And I can’t think of a better way to utilize my talents than to make another person happy. Thank you for blessing me with that opportunity, Amelia and Family.
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