Fighting cancer isn’t only just a physical battle, but also an emotional and psychological one too! Unfortunately, sometimes treatment designed to help takes its toll in multiple ways. As part of our Turning Heads Series, we hope you appreciate the beauty and empowerment exhibited by Dolores Chavez (age 59).
“I have a wonderful support group in my family. We’re all longshoremen. My husband, my two sons, two daughters, my brother. They’re unbelievable. But it’s a roller coaster. Most of the time, we joke about it. It’s how we get through the tough times. You need to laugh. When you laugh, you relieve some of the tension you have. Cancer isn’t easy, but it’s what I have and it’s who I am right now.
I have my crying days, too. Those days, I tell myself, Okay, Dolores, you’re going to cry today but you only have an hour. Sometimes I can’t do it in an hour so I say, Okay, Dolores, you have half the day then go on, get up and go on from there.
That’s the roller coaster of it. The good and bad days. But didn’t we have those same kinds of days before we got cancer?”
We really enjoyed and highly recommend Jackson Hunsicker’s Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration, and Possibilities, a book designed to help reset our attitude and perceptions about cancer and demonstrate the beauty that remains despite cancer’s assault. This book makes a perfect gift for females undergoing cancer treatment.
Our gratitude, thoughts and admiration goes to Dolores Chavez for your courage, words of wisdom and empowered portrait. A special thanks to Stephanie Ellis for her efforts shooting this inspiring portrait.