Ever since I knew that I have a terminal illness, I’ve been much more intentional about creating lasting memories with my boys. They are currently five (5) and three (3), so I am quite well aware that their actual memories of me may not be all that vivid if my life expectancy follows the median of those with my disease (2-3 years is the median life expectancy). One of the major ways I make sure that I will be visible in my boys’ memories is to take a lot of pictures.
Life isn’t perfect and I am often not happy about the way that I look in the pictures. That used to mean that I didn’t post pictures or even take them and when I did, I’d carefully ensure that only the best were displayed. Now, I take pictures all the time and I post and share pictures quite a bit. I’m not at all narcissistic, I am intentionally making a record of the time that I have with my boys for them, for their future. They will be able to look back and see all of the times we’ve had together.
When my dear friend, Jennifer Pace, posted information about an up and coming non-profit that schedules photo sessions for those of us with metastatic breast cancer, I jumped at the opportunity. The photo session was nothing less than amazing and the pictures that came out of it are priceless.
I’ll post more on Facebook and all of the pictures, but I’ve tagged one of my favorites in this blog post. Check out Joe Leone Photography and like 13th Hour on social media. Joe and his sweet wife are traveling around Florida capturing poignant memories that cannot be replaced.