Christine | Boudoir | Ipswich | 25th October 2011
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely Christine for our Boudoir for Breast Cancer fundraiser. I have kind of been putting of this blog post a little, because I am scared that I am not going to be able to put into words the gratitude I feel for being able to photograph Christine during this time in her life. Christine is the reason that we are doing this fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You see, Christine has a very strong family history of Breast Cancer. Her mum, her grandma and her great grandma all had, died or are suffering from Breast Cancer. Christine has also been affected personally by having lumps removed from her breasts and has a high percentage of being diagnosed with this terrible disease at any moment in time. It’s almost like an approaching battle, just not knowing when it will hit. Next year, Christine is going to be having a preventative double mastectomy to hopefully prevent going through Breast Cancer. I could see that this decision had weighed very heavily on Christine. I guess as females, we do place a lot of our femininity on having breasts and suddenly to have to think about having them removed there are many questions that go through ones mind – will I still look like a woman? how will others view me? will my partner still find me attractive? And not to mention that its not just a simple nip and tuck – it’s major surgery and there is a long recovery time which can be quite painful. But as she put it – I’d rather go through a double mastectomy than die.
I was really in awe of Christine. She is so incredibly strong and courageous. She has had to make all of these tough decisions while watching her Mum go through Breast Cancer for the second time in her life. She has had incredible support from her close family and friends, but then she has also had a really tough time from other people judging her for this tough decision she has had to make. Christine you are an incredibly strong woman to be facing everything you have faced. I applaued you for your bravery, for not letting it get you down and for celebrating your breasts while you still have them! I wish you and your family all the best for all the upcomming events you will be facing and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to raise some money towards finding a cure for this terrible disease so that others hopefully won’t have to face the hard choices you have had to. I hope you enjoy your sneak peak and I can’t wait to show you the rest!!
If you would like to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, then here is the link.
And girls – check your breasts!! It’s the best form of early detection. If you have a lump – see a doctor today.