That call that you dread from anyone that you love. “Hi my Sista, are you sitting down I have something to tell you . . . so, I have Breast Cancer” Suddenly every stupid thing in the world means nothing. That boy that’s being a thorn in the side, the nasty comment you read on Facebook this morning nothing. Nothing matters because this stuff jumps up to remind you how fragile life is and to quote Marianne Williamson. “Your playing small does NOT serve the World”
This is Shireen Hammond.
She has been my friend for 4 Years 3 months I met her in my first year of moving to Australia. There are some people that you know instantly you will be my friend. She is kind beautiful positive hardworking a mother of 6 children, a magnificent singer a wife to the best husband around and truly nice person whom never says a bad word about anybody. She just doesn’t.
Shireen is a beautiful Wedding Photographer and has spent many years building her business with Robert her husband. SO Well yes, those things that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday was “You have Breast Cancer it is in your Lymph nodes you need a Mastectomy and Chemo” and just like that life changes.
If life has taught me anything it has taught me to show up for your friends especially the ones that show up for you. So I took Simona and Kristie and we flew to Melbourne to shoot Shireen before her surgery. The rest is Shireen’s story, she’s been documenting her journey she didn’t know if she would or could share it but now she is ready. She has documented her story to share it. Because she has friends that are also experiencing the journey of Breast Cancer and loss because she has a supportive Husband and children and knows that so many Women out there are alone through this battle and because she wants to beat it with dignity and grace and show that its a tough battle but you are not alone. Like Jill Shireen is someone that gives and gives even when she should be receiving and her desire to share inspire and help others is strong. Jill taught me to live a Fuller Richer Braver life to share my photography and to never take anything for granted.
I feel so much gratitude to give the gift of documenting life and telling peoples stories for them. This was such a hard story to capture because I felt all of her pain and fear but I also felt her hope. I am editing the video that I shot of her that day, when Shireen is ready she will share it and she is inviting anyone who would like to share support reach out help or needs help to her FB page.
I love you Shireen Hammond you are a shining light.