"I'm just an ordinary person...."   |   Saturday, August 21, 2010

Let me introduce a very BRAVE woman, Carmen W. She came to us, without the knowledge of anyone around her, not her husband, not her children, not her friends. She states, "I'm just an ordinary person... someones mother, wife, daughter, sister and granddaughter...I'm fighting the same fight that so many others are." As all these brave women are, they are fighting a battle inside too... although they ARE fighting cancer, they fight another battle within. Doubt. When your world comes crashing down with the diagnosis of cancer, she said she asked herself, " What did I do wrong?, Why me?, How can this be happening to me?" as probably most every one of these women. Doubt can be paralyzing. Doubt can cause us to question everything in life. Doubt can bring destruction. Carmen said she needed to participate in this project to do something proactive for herself and for the benefit of other women coming after her. She wanted to do it without telling anyone around her that she was doing it, and made it happen. After enjoying her free makeup application, including false eyelashes, she hesitantly entered the studio, not knowing what to expect, but hoping for something liberating to happen. After several images were taken and she was able to see herself in the back of the camera, she relaxed and a transformation occurred. I think she actually SAW herself as beautiful, even without hair. I believe that she could "SEE" with her heart, what others see about her.... that she IS beautiful and that she is very BRAVE. A gentle and soft-spoken woman, she is boldly moving through this journey with a quiet confidence that others see, and she is hopefully learning to see. I hope that she'll eventually share this experience with her family and friends so that they can continue to encourage her in her bold transformation! As she shows us here, "Attitude is everything... and lipstick helps!"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carmen! So happy to see you had these done!!! You look wonderful..Karla

August 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Torie said...

Wow Mom, I'm proud of you! Love the pictures, and you look fabulous! What a great surprise!


August 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger geri said...

Wow Carmen! You do your dad and I proud. You've fought a good battle. As Torie says: '" Love the pictures and you look fabulous! What a great surprise!'"
Thanks for being you. Love you.
Mom and dad.

August 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger mkirsch said...

Hi Carmen,
I'm Emma's mother. You look fabulous and I am so glad Emma shared this link on Facebook! I am looking forward to meeting you someday!

Michelle Kirsch

August 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to know your daughter at one point and I had met you on occasion. I have to say that you look so beautiful! And I have to thank Tori for sharing these with all of us. What a beautiful woman you are!

August 23, 2010 at 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Marcy said...


August 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration!!! Thank you for being so brave and strong..and you look beautiful as always!

August 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Terri for taking on this project. The photos are beautiful and the words are perfect. I could not have made it out of my shell without you. As of last Thursday, I am wigless! Even at work. My husband loves that I don't wear the wig anymore. Thanks again. Carmen

September 1, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

You are no ordinary person!! You are a wonderful mother.. and from what I hear and see, a wonderful person! I work with your daughter at EPMS and she sent me the website.

You are such an inspiration AND you are a beautiful person.. inside and out!!


October 2, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

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