This is a different blog post from my usual. This is a lifestyle session for a family with a family member that has a stage 4 illness, I understand if you can not make it through this entire post, but if you can please view their link at the end, thank you. Cancer is a terrible disease and it is not selective in who it touches, my own family included. My mother had breast cancer when I was a young Marine perhaps at the time I secretly wouldn't let myself accept that it could steal her from this life, I was naïve. Thankfully she is in remission now. Nobody ever thinks of it stealing a beloved family member. I stayed with my grandfather as long as I possibly could during his last days of brain cancer, and it was some of the darkest days in my life, shortly after my father followed suit and passed away. But this story isn't about my family's struggle, goodbyes or triumph.
I donated this session to this deserving family and if you can make it through these images and send light and love via any faith that you believe in, I’m sure they would be eternally grateful. This illness has taken 3 generations of men in their family, as you will see the first generation that was affected by this disease in a portrait hanging on the wall in "H's" room.
This is a gallery for the “W” family. The gentleman “H” is suffering from esophagus cancer and our Savior is calling him home. I’m not entirely certain how to even write this… I have no words that will ease this family’s pain and suffering… "H" in his hay day was a Corrections officer and retired from his profession, he is a lover of animals (he called out for his bearded dragon and his dogs during our session), a Bronco's fan, and the pinnacle of this family's hierarchy, he has a sense of humor and is a kind soul, at one point he even smiled at me. His hair was recently cut, his mustache trimmed, and he was dressed in his favorite comfortable attire, he let me know he was ready for his "pictures", I didn't want to make him wait any longer. I know that inviting me into your home to capture these everlasting moments for the end of your father’s book of life was difficult, but I thank you. I thank you for showing me your undying love for your role model, your peer, your patriarch, your maker, your care taker, your father. Mr. “W” said to me “IDK how we will get through this without dad… however I look forward to messages that will be sent to us through all that surrounds us. Whether its words that come over the radio that resemble something he used to say… Or whether we smell something that makes us reflect on our memories of him, or something we see makes us feel his presence… we will always know he is around us, living within our memories of him. And we will only remember all that is good memories of him and what we are thankful for.” “W” family you humble me. I left your house that day shedding tears but with a very full heart that love and greatness still remains in this world. Your father is in my thoughts and prayers as are you, until we all meet again where cancer touches no one.
John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
If you would like to donate to the “W” family to help aid in expenses this is their GoFundMe acct page every little bit helps for this family: http://www.gofundme.com/hdwfinalcosts