As you read last week, I am headed to San Diego March 12 – 14 for two transformational underwater shoots. I’m excited to announce a third portrait session has been scheduled, a first for me – a lovely couple who is expecting their first child and the father-to-be is a two-time Testicular Cancer survivor!
Scott and Mandy are thrilled for their upcoming photo session. Scott, who beat Stage 4 Testicular Cancer in 1999 and Stage 2 in 2004, and Mandy, who is expecting May 15th, have many reasons to celebrate and participate in my Underwater Healer project. They were told they had less than 1% chance to conceive. But thanks to hope, good energy, doctors and the modern practice of IVF, Mandy is now pregnant! A very expensive undertaking, a GoFundMe page was created and successful helped fund the expensive procedure.
Mandy and Scott have expressed how excited they are for their upcoming photo shoot and what they are looking forward to the most. Scott says:
“One way I can explain the feeling of cancer was the feeling of being trapped, secluded, and confined. I was in the hospital for weeks at a time and sometimes so confined that I couldn’t get out of bed. Only immediate family members could come in the room after they were gowned up and cleaned; much like quarantine. The freedom, calm, and limitless possibility of movement being underwater brings me happiness and takes me so far away from the confines of cancer and those dark memories.”
They both hope to inspire others in the same situation, whether battling cancer or survivors, that life and endless possibilities still await. I am so excited to be a part of this journey with them. I can’t wait to celebrate with them their victories – both Scott’s health and the baby that is almost here! I can’t wait to share these photos with you. Stay tuned to see them!