A most difficult shoot....   |   Monday, December 5, 2011

As a photographer, most of us are pretty comfortable being on the backside of the camera and are confident in our abilities, creativity and skill... until we're photographing ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER! At least this was the case for me when photographing my friend and fellow photographer, Deb S.
Deb was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 14, 2011 after having a diagnostic mammogram prior to starting a routine treatment... totally caught off guard, she was angry. She went in for a routine mammogram, totally unsuspecting and CANCER??
A normally busy, active and involved photographer, she immediatelty thought of "everything it was going to take from me." Deb is a mom, grandmother, business woman, award winning photographer, volunteer and WOMAN... "I thought about being less than a woman... I was being robbed and I was angry. They were taking part of me away, not just my hair, but part of my body." Not long after chemo started, her very LONG hair started coming out by the handful... leaving her feeling more angry and out of control.
Although, she knew what to expect, as her Mom had breast cancer too, and Deb herself has dealt successfully with previous uterine cancer and cancer of the appendix at age 31, this has caught her by surprise. "It's temporary, but I still feel robbed."
Our self image is so important to us... The Oldham Project and this program inparticular is so important to helping women SEE that despite the loss of hair, or even body parts, they are still so beautiful, so powerful and so 'in charge' of their mental health and well being. Please help us spread the word by sharing this blog post with those that may need it today!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is beautiful, with or with hair.. Terri, you did an amazing job!

December 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia Higgons said...

Wonderful job. Deb, you are beautiful! Those fuzzies will start coming in anytime!

December 5, 2011 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deb, I can tell you know who you are, no matter what is comes and goes.....I think anger is a rightous emotion!

December 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger The Oldham Project said...

From Deb S.- "Hi Terri! you did a great job with the pics. I'm not a fan of being on the other side of the camera, but felt comfortable with you. I just wanted people to know that that anger I felt in the beginning was part of my grieving process It has passed and I am doing well. A big part of feeling better about my cancer self was the photos you (and others) took of my baldness. I still miss the old me--cancer is a sneaky little thief--but I am OK with what the experience left behind.
Thanks for what you do!"

December 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Paula Betts said...

Bless you, Deb, and bless you, Terri. Love to you both.

December 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous John Scott said...

Gosh Bless you both..Deb...you are in my prayers..and Terri..You have that connection that touches the soul...John Scott

December 11, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

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