Fighters of Cancer

I’ll let you know right now this is a heavier topic than a lot of people care to read about. Statistically speaking, if you're reading this you have been impacted in some way by cancer. Now, by the grace of God, I have not experienced the physical aspects of cancer but I can assure you this: Watching someone you love battle cancer is extremely stressful and immensely difficult. It pulls emotions from the depths of your body that you didn’t even know you had. I’ve cried so much I thought I would be dehydrated. Physically sick from stress. If you are going through this right now, I am praying for you. Cancer sucks. Period.

I remember vividly, very early on, standing at the dresser, staring at the wall and thinking to myself, “This is not in the plan… This is what happens to other people… We are just regular average people...”  That’s when it hit me. Hard- we are the other people to other people. That was an eye opening moment for me; that is when I realized cancer affects regular, everyday normal people.

There are things in my recent past that, as I look back on them now, there is no other explanation for them aside from God preparing me for this journey. Regular everyday events dealing with cancer, that at the time, didn’t really impact me much. Things such as hearing a guy on the radio talk about his experience with chemo; I’ve heard a lot of things on the radio, but for some reason that stuck with me. Simple, regular life events that would otherwise go unnoticed; until later down the road when I realized we had to face cancer head on.

Like most everything else in life, there are choices to make. Early on I wanted nothing to do with anything. Yup. You read that correctly... I wanted nothing to do with anything. It was like all joy had been sucked out of me. However, as time progressed and a plan was established, I slowly started on the road of a positive approach. I made a decision based on my profound realization that cancer affects regular people that I wanted to do whatever I could to share their stories. I want to show the world that every cancer fighter is a normal, everyday, regular person.

This is Dan. He is a testicular cancer survivor. Dan was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his eight year old son passed away. Dan fought cancer with 6 hour chemo treatments every day for 4 weeks. The bench Dan is sitting on in this photo is at his son’s school and was dedicated to his son. He finds strength and encouragement through God. The cross he wears starts conversations which provide him an opportunity to share his story and faith.

This is Dan. He is a testicular cancer survivor. Dan was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his eight year old son passed away. Dan fought cancer with 6 hour chemo treatments every day for 4 weeks.

The bench Dan is sitting on in this photo is at his son’s school and was dedicated to his son. He finds strength and encouragement through God. The cross he wears starts conversations which provide him an opportunity to share his story and faith.

With the newfound desire to share stories of those who fight, or have fought cancer, I have started a project called: Fighters of Cancer. I am interested to meet people, maybe buy them a cup of coffee or tea, listen to their story, take their portrait and share their stories and photographs. I will share updates on the blog as it progresses and you can follow the project at fightersofcancer.com.