Here we go with another installment of the Keepin’ It Real blog circle I am doing with a group of insanely talented photographers! This time around, it’s all about Real Emotion, and I’m going to take this opportunity to change things up a bit.
As I’m sure you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. That means there is pink everywhere! From the football field to the store shelves, all in an attempt to raise awareness. Say what you will about that fact that many of the pink products you purchase don’t actually raise any money for the cause, or that ‘awareness’ has become big business. I think it’s a great start. But that’s it…a START. Awareness is all well and good, but we need to do more. Now that the sea of pink has gotten everyone’s attention, it’s time to talk about it. So, let’s talk. About breast cancer, and the real emotion that comes with it. Let’s get honest.
Breast cancer sucks, plain and simple. It’s scary. Anyone who has had it, or loved someone who has, knows all about the fear that a comes along with it. The fear that it will change you, or worse, that it will take your life. The fear that you will not be able to see your children grow up, or meet your grandchildren. The fear that the ones you love will not be ok without you. The fear that you may have to live life in pain, that you may have to suffer, and that they will have to witness it. The constant fear that, even though you fought and won, the beast might come back for round 2. Or round 3. I live with this fear every single day.
Then, there’s the sadness. It comes with knowing that your life has changed, against your will. The sadness knowing that, even if you beat it, you can never go back. It will never again NOT be a part of your life. This sadness tries to work its way into my life every single day.
If you’re lucky, and you can see past the fear and the sadness, there is also joy. It isn’t easy to find, and it takes continuous effort. It is the joy that comes from discovering just how strong you are. Joy, knowing that you got another chance. Joy, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, because it only comes to those who have examined every facet of their life, as they faced the real possibility of death. Joy from living each moment of your life like it is your last. Because it might be. This joy is what keeps me going, and I search for it every single day.
THIS is breast cancer.
Now, scurry on over to see what Tressa, the Dallas, Texas Lifestyle photographer at Tressavent Photography, has to show you about Real Emotion!