This post is a difficult one for me to write about because it's about someone I dearly love. Imagine fighting everyday to win the battle with Cancer. My friend has been defying the odds for over 6 years now and Doctors to this day are truly amazed...but unfortunately she is still not in remission. My amazing friend and I have known one another since childhood. Our 42 year friendship has been one of girly giggles, high school heartache, college craziness and on into child rearing. We've been close in proximity, we've been distant, but no matter where we are mapped, I always know that I am in her heart and she is in mine.
My recent travels to visit her gave us time to catch up, be present and share more of life together. I was ecstatic when my girlfriend was open to me photographing her with her close friend "KARMA", her sweet little dog who gives her love all day while kids are in school and family life gets crazy busy. KARMA cuddles, plays and snuggles all the time...a true example of "woMAN's Best Friend" and pure unconditional love.
While my friend was resting or needing space, I was able to share time with her beautiful children. They continually amaze me at how mature and thoughtful they are. They have had to face some of the most difficult challenges and stressors as children, yet they seem to rise above it and show their kindheartedness to those who enter their home. Making me breakfast...delivering me coffee....and even playing and painting with me:)
Thank You to both of you for always sharing yourselves with me:)
I wish I were closer in proximity to offer more help, it's very difficult for me to leave her and know that I can't do much from far away. I pray everyday and send as much positive energy toward my friend and her family. She is my example of a true warrior, continually choosing LIFE despite all that it entails in her world. She is also a reminder of how each day is a gift and many of us including myself take this for granted.
I Love you Marielle....thank you for all that you have given me in life and all that you continue to replenish.