Last month I traveled to North Carolina to pack up my belongings from my childhood home. I wrote a blog a month ago about that trip, so I wont go through that again. But, while I was home I messaged my friend Miranda and asked if she would want me to take pictures of her and her little boy Brooks while I was at home.
Miranda was diagnosed earlier this year with Stage II Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade III (breast cancer.) She is an amazing woman and fighting this fight with grace and courage and is a true inspiration to all those that hear her story.
I wanted to give her the gift of pictures. The gift of images of her with her little boy whom she is fighting for. But to also document this time in her life for her so that one day she can look back at this images and share her story with Brooks but also be reminded of the amazingly strong woman she was and still will be.
When I sent her these pictures she wrote me a text saying "Look at how he looks at me, like nothing is wrong. I am as his mom and he loves me the way I am." Miranda doesn't know this but I saved those words on my phone and I also wrote them down so I will always remember them. I just think that she is so right. In all the pictures it is so evident the bond these two have and the love that Brooks has for her.
Cancer sucks. It is heart breaking to watch a dear friend go through this fight. It made me wish I lived closer to her. To sit with her during treatments, to offer to help keep Brooks on days she needed to rest. I am 7 1/2 hours away and sometimes I see her facebook post and just want to jump through the screen and hug her around the neck.
Miranda, I am so very proud of you. I am also so blessed to know you and call you a friend. And I feel truly honored that you allowed me to take these pictures for you to cherish for years to come. I love you dearly friend.