Sunday, December 30, 2007

Best Shot Monday - Miracles

As seems to be my theme lately, my best shot from the last week is one that has less to do with the composition and a lot more to do with the subject.


Lauren and the Horse


This is Lauren, all bundled up and enjoying a visit from a horse. But what makes it so special to me is that she was there at all. Lauren has cancer, and the prognosis isn't great. I remember hearing the news and (having a healthcare background) knowing what it all meant - and it didn't mean anything good. And when I looked at her, I thought of all the things that she'd miss - turning 30, growing old, the magic of a million every day moments. The news came in July, and I was prepared for a quick battle that didn't end well - because she didn't just need treatment, she needed a miracle.

Cassandra and Lauren


But now, six months later, she's still here and fighting every day. And when I looked at her today, it was a little easier to imagine her growing old, and to see the celebration that might be had on her 30th birthday. I was also reminded that, while the every day moments that happen now aren't the ones that anyone ever imagines or hopes for, they are still filled with a special magic all their own. And sometimes they also happen to be filled with miracles.

Lauren and Maggie

May 2008 be a year filled with friends, loved ones, laughter, magic, and miracles! Happy New Year!

For more best shots, don't forget to head to Tracey's!

19 comments:

Megan said...

what great reminder for us all. those are lovely photos because she looks so happy in them! happy new year (and bsm!)

Phyllis Sommer said...

beautiful, sweet, and overflowing with the joy of a life being lived fully...happy new year and many blessings...

Christina said...

Such beauty and joy and faith! She sounds like an amazing person and inspiration to us all.
Happy New Year!

tracey said...

wonderful! thanks for sharing such beauty and hope. a great way to start the new year.

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

what an inspirational post. thank you for sharing lauren's story with us.

carrie said...

so wonderful. I have a friend who I help with some graphics work and such, and she has a site (she also wrote a book, Everyday I'm Killing Cancer) where she is starting a Survivor Sunday.

http://heatherjose.wordpress.com/

Maybe we can get Lauren on her site as a SS? It really is inspiring and puts everything into perspective reading stories like this!

chaoticfamily said...

Incredible - thanks for sharing her story - that's so uplifting to know that she is fighting this awful disease every step of the way.

DanaB said...

What a beautiful post and wonderful pictures, sister! Thank you so much for sharing Lauren with us.

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Brittany said...

What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing. What a positive way to start the new year and as Christina said, an inspiration to us all!

Mandaroo said...

What a lovely lady, so full of joy and life. I wish continued healing and health for her in 2008. Thanks for sharing her story.

Stacy said...

Wonderful shots and thank you for sharing Laurens story with us. I hope and pray that she is blessed with many more special everyday moments.

Maya said...

Thanks for sharing Lauren's story...so true how we take in the moments. Good thoughts to start the new year off with.

Trish said...

Beautiful pictures, and thank you for sharing her story!

Angie said...

This really is a great shot. She looks so vital and full of hope! God bless her with healing, strength, and comfort.

Swistle said...

I think the composition is ALSO great. It's a picture that makes me keep looking at it.

Arizaphale said...

I agree. I couldn't believe it when you said she has cancer, she looks so vital and happy. The shot really captures that. Great work and wonderful story. Continued blessings to Lauren and a Happy New Year to you!!!

natalie said...

As if the picture wasn't enough, your wonderful explanation brought me to tears. She is a beautiful person whose spirit is completely alive in her eyes.

Thank you so much for sharing her story with us.

Colleen said...

Such a beautiful post.

brandy said...

What a lovely, lovely post to read. Especially at the beginning of this New Year. My best wishes go out to you and Lauren!