Once I decided to start my blog, I KNEW I had to share Chrissy's story. I want everyone to know how awesome this chick is. I approached her a month or so ago about wanting to take her pictures. I was so nervous that she would think I was crazy and decline my offer. Well...she might think I'm crazy, but at least she agreed to a photo shoot! I couldn't be more grateful to Chrissy for allowing me capture these beautiful images. Come on, she's a knockout!
Chrissy has suffered with sever abdominal pain ever since she was 16. Doctor's waved it off, and didn't take her symptoms seriously until she wound up in the emergency room when she was 19 years old. On May 25th, 2006 Chrissy underwent a massive eight hour surgery when doctors diagnosed her with stage 3-C ovarian cancer. Immediately following this surgery, and hysterectomy, Chrissy tackled five months of chemo therapy. In October of that same year, she and her family were relieved to hear that she was in remission. In September of 2010, Chrissy had yet another surgery to biopsy a lymph node. Unfortunately, she was then diagnosed with recurrent ovarian cancer. Over the next two and a half years, Chrissy fought for her life. She endured three more surgeries, seven different chemo treatments along with five weeks of radiation. Fast forward to October 2012- Chrissy was given a clean bill of health, and once again her body was in remission. During a routine check up, this past April, Chrissy and her family were completely blindsided that the cancer had returned for the third time.
Currently, Chrissy is once again a frequent flyer in the chemo chair. But this time is a little different than the last. She along her cousins and uncles shaved their heads to show Chrissy's cancer who's boss!
I am so amazed by Chrissy's outlook on life. I appreciate her sense of humor, and her ability to find silver linings in each and every day. Let's be honest, we all gripe about things that are so petty and completely ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. Chrissy reminds us that the little problems really don't matter.
Again, if you were to look up the definition of strength, courage, bravery, determination and BEAUTY, you'll see Chrissy's pictures!
Chrissy, you are an inspiration. I hope people are uplifted and encouraged by how hard you fight. I pray everyday that you kick cancer in the booty once again. Third time's a charm, right? ;)
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