Strength, Courage, Sass....Susan

Meet Susan. She's done with chemo, her radiation was done last month, and her hair is growing back. As a matter of fact, tonight was the first meeting of our breast cancer support group that she went without a hat or head covering. She's a mother, a grandmother, and a brave, confident, beautiful woman. I asked her if she would be my project today and she happily agreed, being a bit of a photography buff herself.

After my breast cancer - I felt I needed to talk to other people who had been through what I'd been through. I needed war buddies. Not finding what I needed in our community, I decided to form my own breast cancer support group called Breast Friends. We just celebrated our 3rd anniversary this past April. Without Breast Friends, I never would have met Susan.

Twice a year, we have the American Cancer Society come in for our meeting and do their "Look Good, Feel Better" program - which is all about being beautiful, feeling beautiful and getting lots of free makeup. There is a licensed cosmetlogist there and they guide the cancer patients from beginning to end on how to take care of their skin during and after treatment, and apply makeup like an artist. They also give the patients helpful tips on who to camoflauge missing eyebrows and eyelashes, the best ways to keep your skin moisturized and even nail care - because chemo takes it's toll on all those areas.

Your story is truly touching, you are such a strong woman and admire you for being so strong for what you have been through.
posted May 21st, 2010  
What a wonderful group to have started, giving suport not only to yourself but all your friends. Good luck to all of you for the future...amazingly strong women all of you.
posted May 21st, 2010  
This is a fabulous photo, its so relevant. I am in awe that you started your own group!!
People celebrating beating cancer always hits a nerve, 4 out of 6 of my immediate family have all had cancer, 3 of us have fought it and my Pop is fighting his now. To me its so important to keep positive, and not to forget 'who you are' when suffering and getting over this, because cancer seems to take over everything. Your group is fantastic and I hope it continues to grow and help other women. x
posted May 21st, 2010  
This touches my heart on so many levels, Wendi. A wonderful tribute
posted May 21st, 2010  
What a story this collage of pictures tells. Great job Wendi !!
posted May 21st, 2010  
What an inspiration you ladies are to all of us!
posted May 21st, 2010  
beautiful collage by a beautiful soul!
posted May 21st, 2010  
I would have joined your BREAST FRIENDS in a heart beat during my battle with cancer. Susan is so lucky to have you to care for her ---and so is everyone else in your group. Kudos to you, Wendy for being a lifeline and heart line for so many.
posted May 24th, 2010  
Hello to Susan -- you are beautiful in every way that counts.
Wendi, thanks for sharing your story about starting your support group.
Breast Cancer touches soooo many lives.
posted May 24th, 2010  
She's beautiful!
Love it!
posted June 20th, 2010  
...made it a fav!
posted June 20th, 2010  
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