Life has a mysterious way of leading us to unexpected encounters and meaningful moments. Such was the case for me on a fateful Friday afternoon, as the clock struck 3 pm and the world seemed to align in a profound manner. In this blog post, I want to share a heartwarming story of faith, love, and resilience that brought me together with Haley, a courageous 27-year-old woman battling breast cancer. Our paths crossed through an unexpected turn of events, leading to a last-minute photoshoot that would forever capture the strength and beauty of her indomitable spirit.
The Journey of Haley:
Haley’s journey began in March 2023 when she received the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. Despite undergoing a double mastectomy, her unwavering spirit was tested once more when she discovered that the cancer had spread. As she prepares to embark on her first of 12 chemotherapy sessions starting the following Monday June 12, 2023, Haley found herself facing a multitude of emotions, ranging from fear to determination.
The Unexpected Call:
As fate would have it, I had an engagement photoshoot scheduled for that same Friday evening of June 9th, only to receive news of its cancellation due to mandatory overtime. Disappointed yet undeterred, I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media, seeking a momentary distraction. It was then that I stumbled upon a post from Pleasant Hill Chapel, sharing a heartfelt plea from Haley’s friend in search of a last-minute photographer for a surprise party that very evening.
The Power of Faith:
In that precise moment, I felt an inexplicable connection. Call it serendipity or divine intervention, but I knew in my heart that I was meant to be there for Haley. I reached out on the post, and within minutes, I get a text message and plans were set in motion. Faith had led me to this encounter, and it was crystal clear that our paths were destined to intertwine.
And then, I saw her—Haley, radiant and beaming with an inner light that cancer could never extinguish. I knew I was about to capture something truly remarkable. As I aimed my camera lens at Haley, I couldn’t help but be struck by her radiant presence. Despite the challenges she had faced, her spirit shone brightly, illuminating the surroundings with an undeniable glow. Her boyfriend stood by her side, providing unwavering support, while her friends surrounded her with love and laughter. With each click of the camera captured the essence of her unbreakable spirit. Together, we created timeless memories that would forever serve as a reminder of Haley’s courage, the support she received, and her determination to overcome any obstacle that lay in her path.
Unaware of the Surprise:
Little did Haley know that a surprise party awaited her return. As we concluded the photoshoot, with smiles lingering on our faces, a sense of excitement filled the air. We returned to find the outdoor pool area was filled with loved ones shouting surprise! Joy filled the area. Friends and family united to celebrate Haley’s unwavering spirit, showering her with love.
A Message of Strength:
To Haley, her family, and her friends, I extend my deepest admiration and gratitude for allowing me to be part of this incredible chapter of their lives. The photoshoot was more than just capturing beautiful moments; it was a testament to the strength of the human spirit, a celebration of love, and a fierce declaration against the adversity of cancer.
In the face of adversity, it is often the unexpected encounters that restore our faith in humanity. Through the guidance of faith, I was led to Haley—a remarkable young women. #FuckCancer #YouGotThis
If anyone would like to make a donation to Haley #HaleyStrong here is her GoFundMe: Click Here for Haley’s Go Fund Me