I have yet to write about my wonderful experience shooting this amazing woman. You'll want to read and learn more about her and her journey. I know I have really loved most of my clients, but this experience of getting to know Stephanie and her story goes way beyond any shoot I could have imagined. I am so glad we decided to hire a videographer to document this beautiful day. Thank you for the beautiful work, Hannah, of Hannah Elizabeth Imagery.
This is what Stephanie sent me, explaining what she's battling:
"I wanted to provide some background information on the type of cancer I have and correct my timeline. I was diagnosed 18 months ago and when I was diagnosed I was told I would have 9 to 18 months. That is a best guess from doctors as each person is different. My cancer is Glioblastoma Stage IV.
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), "glioblastoma", is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans, involving glial cellsand accounting for 52% of all functional tissue brain tumor cases and 20% of all intracranial tumors. GBM is rare, with incidence of 2–3 cases per 100,000 in Europe and North America.
Treatment can involve chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Median survival with standard-of-care radiation and chemotherapy with temozolomide is 15 months. Median survival without treatment is 4½ months."
So, what does a person do when they get news like this? Stephanie would love to be able to share her story and reach as many people aspossible, getting the word out and encouragement of the much needed support and awareness that goes with news most of us can barely imagine. For me, that involved doing a totally fun and fabulous photo shoot. Meghan Cozine at the MAC store at the Boise Mall wanted to make Stephanie look and feel gorgeous and confident for her shoot and donated all her time and materials, even assisting during the entire shoot. Meghan, you were a wonderful godsend and so awesome to work with! Monica at Dresstravaganza at the Boise Outlet Mall offered to let Stephanie use their wardrobe pieces and have fun with them! My sweet friend Gretchen LaPointe, who manages the horse stables and gives riding lessons near Hidden Springs offered to share the studly Arabian Navarre to join Steph in some of her shoot. I knew this would be a great opportunity to get some video footage, so I asked Steph what she thought. She loved the idea and so we went ahead and hired on Hannah to join in the fun. She has also interviewed Stephanie and so there is a hope that footage will be added to the following video.
Thank you everyone who offered your generosity and support to help us put this together!
And for the rest of you, would you like to hear more? Please comment below to show and share the love and support for Stephanie and let's start a wave of promoting awareness for ALL battling any cancers!!
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