In Category: ‘Smiling Eyes’

Last week I had an email from a photographer, Beth, I had never met before in Michigan, Beth. She has a friend, Sarah, in Hamilton who was suppose to come down and visit and get family photos – but her husband a 1 year cancer survivor, has had a recurrence and has been diagnosed as Stage IV and was starting chemo again. This photographer friend asked around on the forums if anyone knew a photographer in Hamilton and a few people recommended me (thanks!). Beth wrote asking if I would consider a discount or helping out in anyway… not knowing I am a part of Smiling Eyes. Smiling Eyes is an organization where photographers volunteer a free photo shoot for people journeying with cancer. No strings attached. Beth put me in touch with Sarah to organize the shoot. Looking at Sarah’s information I realized we had the same phone prefix… so basically, it took a photographer in Michigan I had never met to put me in touch with a family living in the same small town as me almost an hour outside of Hamilton!

When James, Sarah and Maggie arrived at my house you could just feel the love between these three. Maggie, their four year old daughter, is full of giggles and cuddles. Cutest little thing!

As you look at these, please say a prayer for James, Maggie and Sarah and then go and hug your loved ones. And when you’re done… repeat.

Here are some of the photos from our time together…

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Sarah and James just had their 6th wedding anniversray two days before our shoot

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Then we came in to warm up and Maggie put on her “Dad is my superhero” shirt for some cuddle time with daddy.

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James, Sarah and Maggie – you were a delight to meet. My prayers are there with you as you journey through this chemo and uncertain path ahead.

Celebrating life and love,

Krista

March 10, 2009 Cancer Sucks

Just before Christmas I got a call from my mom that they had found that dad has the “c” word. You say “cancer” and people freak. I’ll admit – I bawled (in front of my kids and then tried to assure them everything was good – rookie move). I mean this is my dad – my hero! My sister works at the cancer clinic in KW and my hubby is a “male nurse” as we affectionately call him, so they explained to me that dad’s in a good spot – he has prostate cancer but because he has a family history he is checked regularly and it was caught early. Prostate cancer is also the most treatable cancer if detected early. So – update is we’re not panicking, and dad’s going to be good.

If you’re a close friend and you’re wondering why you’re just hearing about this – well, at first dad didn’t really want people knowing. I mean we have story upon story of dad crash landing his planes, being mugged in foreign countries and so on – and never telling anyone or making a big deal out of it because someone may worry. But – he married my mother. ha ha. If you know her – enough said. Mom is like me – an open book. So, now everyone knows!

Today dad started his radiation treatments. Thing he’s most bummed about is having to drive into town (an hour each way) for radiation when he could be working on the airplane he’s building. Typical of my dad.

But cancer does suck. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way. We’re feeling blessed that we caught this early – but we have heard so many tales of people who were not so fortunate. And as a member of Smiling Eyes, I have had the opportunity to document the journeys of people as they face cancer head on.

My family faces everything with a healthy dose of faith and humour. We’re blessed to have churches and friends who support us. We’re also blessed to be able to laugh through adversity – and so, we had these shirts made up for dad and the rest of us that simply say “Cancer sucks”.

When I mentioned this on Facebook in my status the other day I had a few requests from people who wanted to buy a “Cancer Sucks” shirt also. So… here’s your chance. To purchase your own shirt click HERE – got to say, it’s sure a conversation starter. I will be making ZERO profit off of the shirts – all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. I’ll be selling these for the month of March and will ship out at the end of March when all orders are compiled.

Here’s my fancy glamour shot… ha ha… maybe I’ll get a better shot – where I brush my hair and don’t use self timer. ha ha

(click on the shirt to be re-directed to a site to purchase… currently the thumbnails aren’t showing up for the shirts – but just click on the “thumbnail” and it’ll direct you until I fix this error)


IMG 0538 Cancer Sucks

March 10, 2009 Cancer Sucks

Just before Christmas I got a call from my mom that they had found that dad has the “c” word. You say “cancer” and people freak. I’ll admit – I bawled (in front of my kids and then tried to assure them everything was good – rookie move). My sister works at the cancer clinic in KW and my hubby is a “male nurse” as we affectionately call him, so they explained to me that dad’s in a good spot – he has prostate cancer but because he has a family history he is checked regularly and it was caught early. Prostate cancer is also the most treatable cancer if detected early. So – update is we’re not panicing, and dad’s going to be good.

If you’re a close friend and you’re wondering why you’re just hearing about this – well, at first dad didn’t really want people knowing. I mean we have story upon story of dad crash landing his planes, being mugged in foreign countries and so on – and never telling anyone or making a big deal out of it because someone may worry. But – he married my mother. ha ha. If you know her – enough said. Mom is like me – an open book. So, now everyone knows!

Today dad started his radiation treatments. Thing he’s most bummed about is having to drive into town (an hour each way) for radiation when he could be working on the airplane he’s building. Typical of my dad.

But cancer does suck. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by cancer in some way. We’re feeling blessed that we caught this early – but we have heard so many tales of people who were not so fortunate. And as a member of Smiling Eyes, I have had the opportunity to document the journeys of people as they face cancer head on.

My family faces everything with a healthy dose of faith and humour. We’re blessed to have churches and friends who support us. We’re also blessed to be able to laugh through adversity – and so, we had these shirts made up for dad and the rest of us that simply say “Cancer sucks”.

When I mentioned this on Facebook in my status the other day I had a few requests from people who wanted to buy a “Cancer Sucks” shirt also. So… here’s your chance. I’m just getting set up a spot (check back in an hour) where you can purchase your own shirt – got to say, it’s sure a conversation starter. I will be making ZERO profit off of the shirts – all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. I’ll be selling these for the month of March and will ship out at the end of March when all orders are compiled.

Here’s my fancy glamour shot… ha ha… maybe I’ll get a better shot – where I brush my hair!