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April 26, 2016 Meera Update

Throughout 2012, I followed then two year old Meera through her journey with cancer. You can view the year we documented in review HERE. It's been a few years, and I'm constantly asked how Meera is doing. It wasn't just me who fell in love with her - it was so many people who followed along her incredible journey of ups and downs through an aggressive form of cancer in her face. So, it was time to catch up with Meera and her family and see how she's doing now! You may remember, Meera had to have a portion of her face removed due to the cancer. This has not slowed this beauty down - and I find her eyes look all the bigger and more beautiful! Last I saw Meera, her hair was just starting to grow back from chemo - now she has incredible thick hair anyone would envy!

October 16, 2013 Meera Update

I have had so many emails and questions about Meera and how she is doing. I am blown away by the support and love shown to her and her family. Thank you! Just before Meera's last chemo treatment of this round, they noticed a small lump in her mouth above a tooth (her mouth area is where the cancer has been). They had her come in for surgery immediately and removed the lump. I joined the family on the day of her surgery. And then came the waiting. They had expected the prognosis to take about a week - but yesterday they received the news early. It wasn't cancerous! Hurray!!! Love Sick Kids and all the things they do to make these tough journeys easier... like iPad's for the kids while waiting for the meds to kick in before surgery! And out of surgery and recovering with mom, dad and new baby

February 20, 2013 Meera Update

So many people have been writing and asking about Miss Meera and how she is doing. Even though my monthly photo visits for 2012 may be officially over, I am still keeping in touch with the fam and along for the journey! Yesterday, I popped in to Sick Kids to see Meera as she had an orthodontic appointment. She looked GREAT - as you will see below. A few updates... Meera was thrilled to get some new teeth (as you may remember - her MAJOR surgery in November she had to have her top lip, gum and teeth removed). The first problem was she wouldn't let her parents take out her teeth (like dentures) at night because she really believed her teeth had grown back. And then she wouldn't let them put them in because she thought only a dentist could do it! Completely unforeseen challenges - life with a

December 18, 2012 Meera – Year in Review

This year has been the most unpredictable year of my life - with so many highs and lows, and new people and endeavours. One of the highlights of my year has been little Miss Meera who has snuck into my heart. I met Meera a year ago this December when photographing at the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto. I instantly fell for her - and after connecting with her mom asked if they'd allow me to follow them for a year documenting what life looks like for a child going through cancer. Not pretty portraits - but monthly visits documenting life. Well, it's been a year - and I've already apologized to Roy and Laura - but they're stuck with me. There's no way I can say "so long!" after all we've been through together this year. Not sure how frequent or what our visits will look like in

November 8, 2012 Meera: November

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, part one of September and part two, October part one, part two and her story in her mom's words.) Last month, I shared how Meera had to have a painful, life saving, face altering surgery. Surgery day was yesterday. I couldn't make it up yesterday, but was glad it worked out to see the family at Sick Kids today. I'll be honest - as Laura so candidly is.... it's tough on the family. As they wrestle with a daughter that doesn't look now like the daughter they've known for the last 3years. Yes - it will potentially save her life, can be reconstructed (after chemo) and is only on the surface... but let's be honest, it's tough.

October 31, 2012 Meera: October 31

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, part one of September and part two, October part one and her story in her mom's words.) Today is Meera's third birthday. This munchkin has lived a lifetime in those three short years. More doctor's appointments, surgeries, scans and tests than I've had in 36 years. An update on Meera's health. It has been a lot of ups and downs emotionally for the family since her cancer relapsed this Fall. After two surgeries - the family had decided on the option of a treatment study - which meant that if it didn't work, she could still do the traditional chemo afterwards. This is no longer an option as the doctors have decided to take a more aggressive

October 15, 2012 Meera: October

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, part one of September and part two and her story in her mom's words.) Last week, Meera found out she had to go back in for more surgery. This time a little more invasive. A little further in to remove more. The thought of more surgery was so hard for the family. I popped up briefly the day after the surgery to see how Meera was doing. Instead of finding a sad little girl, I found her happily munching on treats, watching TV with her feet crossed. She was chatty and happy - and looked great! It has been so neat to see so many people sending love and being so generous to Miss Meera. SOmeone who I

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, part one of September and her story in her mom's words.) The day of Meera's surgery came and I had to be there. Her tumour - which is between her nose and top lip - was going to be removed. Tension was high, but as always Meera and her little sister Ameena act simply as kids. Meera happily did puzzles and Ameena practiced her walking around the toy tables while they waited for Meera's surgery. And then it was surgery time. Two hours of waiting. Wondering. Waiting. The moment Meera gets taken form her parent's arms and wheeled away - so tough. After the wait, Miss Meera came back and the cuddles began. :-) Such good team work with mom

September 25, 2012 Meera: September (part 1)

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and her story in her mom's words.) September is childhood cancer awareness month. I am aware and I don't like it. You might remember in June I was there as Meera had her last Chemo treatment. In July we celebrated with a "Chemo's done" party! In August the family enjoyed time as a family - outside the hospital doing regular family outings and relaxing. Then came September. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Last week Meera's mom msged me to say she feared the tumour might be back. She just happened to feel something one day (Meera's tumor was between her nose and top lip). A couple days later Meera had an MRI and our fears were confirmed. Meera's

September 5, 2012 Meera: August

(Meera is a beautiful 2year old with cancer that I am photographing once a month for a year. You can see more about her here: December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July and her story in her mom's words.) When I think of butterflies, I think of new life! So the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory was such a fitting place for me to meet up with Meera's family as they vacationed in Niagara. Having completed her chemo - it was time to start their new life! The past year has taken this family through so much... time to move on and to celebrate life! I first want to remind you of Meera just a few short months ago in the midst of chemo.... And now, her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows are growing back, she's eating, running outside and enjoying life outside the hospital walls! We met at the Butterfly Conservatory - I'm shocked how