Life is tough, but so are you
Writing doesn’t come easy for me. I tend to agonise for hours in front of the computer staring at a blank screen whilst desperately trying to string a coherent sentence together. Admittedly, I thought that writing this post would be a lot easier because I have been itching to share the photos and Finlay’s story, but every time I write it, it doesn’t seem to do the story justice, so I will just give it my best shot. Here goes!
Cancer sucks! It sucks even more when an 18 month old has been diagnosed with it! Childhood illness is every mom’s worse nightmare and is a stark reminder of how unfair life can be.
Finlay was diagnosed with stage 4 Hepatoblastoma when he was around 18 months old. Hepatoblastoma is a rare form of childhood cancer of the liver, which spread to Finlay’s lungs and had grown so large he had a compression fracture on his spine. His treatment was very aggressive and he spent a lot of his little life in the hospital undergoing numerous rounds of chemotherapy and surgery. He has been fighting with courage and bravery and his family have displayed nothing but grace. Finlay has just turned three this past weekend and despite having a fever and tonsillitis he is going strong.
I was extremely nervous before the shoot, more so than normal because I really wanted to capture beautiful images for this family. My nerves disappeared immediately upon meeting the family. They were so warm, welcoming and completely relaxed. Thank you Katey for allowing me to come into your house and capture your beautiful family. I admire the strength and courage that you all have.
As a photographer, I am conscious of the value and importance of a photograph and I am passionate about giving back where I can. If you know anyone who is battling childhood cancer that you think deserves a shoot, send me a message via my contact page.