Throughout my adventure with cancer I snapped away photos...with my cell phone or with my DSLR camera. It was my husband who suggested I start practicing portrait photography on days when I had energy enough to get up and about. So I did! I started with friends then on to friends of friends. It was amazing! Each time I did a session I had a wonderful time of socializing and being surrounded by happy energy. I would work on the images on the days when I was home bound. Then whenever I revealed the images to them their heartfelt gratitude always warmed my heart. I had found my calling!
In truth, I still went back to my high stress job after chemo and radiation. But I took the next step and started doing photography part-time on the side as something to look forward to. It wasn't until the end of 2011 that I just couldn't stand my job anymore. It got to the point that waking up in the morning filled me with dread and made me sick to the stomach thinking of my 8 hour day ahead. I had just gone through the hardest time of my life and knowing that stress may have been a part of what triggered my breast cancer was a big epiphany. What was I doing continuing a path that cause me such heartache?!? Shame on me!So I took the leap. I left my job and started a career. I followed my heart and started doing photography full-time. I've been cancer free three years now and that goes hand in hand with how long I've been self-employed. I've met so many wonderful people (both clients and networking) and have really flourished as a photographer. There may be many negative things that cancer represents, but for me, it was a stepping stone to following my path of self discovery and healing.