A letter from a girl in Lebanon . . .
Dear Sue Bryce,
I am 15 years old and I live in Lebanon with my mother. As I saw that you were involved with women passing thru breast cancer I wanted to tell you about my mom’s story. When I was 3 years old my dad left my mother and I. My mom didn’t have anything left, she worked as hard as she could so I would never have anything missing; I had one of the best childhood anyone could ever have. We passed the best moments together; she always have this big smile on her face that makes me enjoy life. When I turned 11 years old my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She didn’t inform me about it at the time, because I was too young. So she told me that she was travelling for a week. Since the cancer was deep in her breasts she had to remove both of them. She went to the hospital all by herself and did the surgery. She didn’t have anyone next to her to hold her hand and tell her that everything would be okay. She was alone and strong. She had the strength of hiding her disease from me for over a year, I want to thank her for being this courageous and giving me this wonderful childhood. The strongest women I know, my mom.
I hope my mother’s story will inspire you and that you will keep on doing your wonderful projects, you’re giving hope for all the women.
ALEXANDRA there is no words to explain to you the feeling in my body when I read this. To think that your courageous Mother went through this alone just broke my heart. Thank you for reaching out to me and telling me this story. It is a story of great LOVE and and Courage and I send you love and best wishes. Thank you Sue Bryce
A special message from my friend Camille Denae . . .
I’m Camille Denae, a professional photographer whose mother battled breast cancer in 2010. I am blessed to be able to say that her fight has been a victorious one. As I watched my mom undergo chemotherapy and a double mastectomy with reconstruction, I was moved by how beautiful she was to me every step of the way. There was an inner strength that was undeniable. I found myself wishing that she could see herself through my eyes, and the idea for I Picture Hope was born. Breast cancer can threaten to take away your femininity. I wanted to help women fighting or surviving breast cancer celebrate their beauty through complimentary photo session and images that make them feel great about themselves.
I mentioned my idea for I Picture Hope to some of my friends in the photography industry, and I found I had many photographers interested in joining me across the United States as well as several other countries. We have many photographers who are also partnering with makeup artists to be able to provide a complete beauty experience.
Our photographers can help with decisions like what to wear, and talk with women to get an idea of their style and personality. Within 2 weeks after the session, an I Picture Hope session recipient will receive 5 full resolution digital images from her session professionally edited and ready to print for personal use. There will be no obligation to purchase anything, though our photographers may make additional images and a price list available. This is an amazing opportunity for women to not only feel great about themselves, but also an avenue for them to share their stories.
As you know, women around the world have been inspired by the story of Jill Brzezinski-Conley. There are no words to describe what an amazingly beautiful person Jill is, which is why I think what Sue created is so profound. She did more than give Jill a voice to share her story with the world. She gave her an experience that made her feel like she wasn’t a cancer patient for a little while. Jill was able to let women see that she truly believes in the message she shares. She let her light shine… and Sue captured it in a way that etched its way in to my memory and rendered me speechless.
I would love for this type of session to be available to every woman who would like to have one. We may not all have the talent of Sue Bryce, but we can aspire to be the very best we can. Sue has been more than willing to teach us everything she knows! Devour it, and learn Then please consider becoming a participating photographer. Simply visit www.ipicturehope.com and click on the word “volunteer” at the bottom of the page. When you complete the form, you will be added to the I Picture Hope Map within 48 hours allowing women in search of a photographer in your area to find you.
The mission of I Picture Hope is personal to me. I picture women feeling beautiful again and being given an opportunity to share their stories. I picture photographers everywhere being reminded how powerful their gifts are. I picture a world where people are stirred by the images and the stories they read and then decide to DO something. For each of the women who will be photographed . . . I Picture Hope.
www.ipicturehope.com and click on the word “volunteer
Thank you Camille, please join this movement.