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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

First let me way that if you haven't read the post from earlier today, I would encourage you to do so. Just scroll down to get caught up on what is going on!

Yesterday, Ryan, myself, and Charley had our pictures taken. I guess you could say these pictures were more for me than for Ryan or Charley. Jessica Oatman, the same photographer who took our pictures in the early summer, was kind of enough to take some more photos yesterday in honor of Images of Hope, a non-profit organization that brings awareness to childhood cancers and illnesses through photography. When Jessica took our pictures back in the summer, I had just been diagnosed one week prior. Because Jessica has a son battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, she new what I was up against with surgery and chemotherapy in my future. At the time, Jessica offered to take my pictures as part of her Images of Hope. So yesterday, we did just that!

My journey with breast cancer is not one I would wish upon anybody. However, it is also a journey that I would never give up. The past 5 months have brought many tears and much laughter. I have grown as a person and more importantly in my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am continuously learning valuable lessons throughout this process that I desire to apply to my life.

Thank you Jessica for capturing the real me...bald and all. These pictures document a time in life where I changed as a mother, wife, and a woman of God. I will cherish them forever.

To see some of the pictures, please go to I will post the rest of the pictures when they are available. Enjoy and God Bless!


H P Austin said...

Oh My Goodness Mel...Jessica did a fantastic job with the pictures. Since I have been a long on this ride from the beginning I am used to your beautiful bald head and cancer free body BUT something inside me triggered when I saw the photos. I could not hold back the tears or sobs. AMAZING that is all I can say. You will look back at the pictures in 30 years and think...GOD IS GOOD and I can't believe I made it through it. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.

*Erica* said...

Beautiful pics, Mel! The one of your lifting your hands gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. How great is our God? I can hear the song playing in my head right now. Thank you for being a pillar of strength for me to look up to. You are amazing and our God is AMAZING!!