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SPRUCE GROVE PHOTOGRAPHER | “One Amazing Family”

This summer while I was visiting my “bestie”, a close family friend of theirs received some sad news.  Their little girl was diagnosed with cancer.  I remember this moment like it was yesterday.  I’m in bed and Angie comes into my room crying.  She shares with me that the Lund family just found out that Brynn, their daughter, has cancer.  I had never met them but my heart just sank into the pit of my stomach.  Angie and her daughter went over to visit with them for a the morning.  All I could do was lay there and wish that I could do something for this family.  When Angie got back she told me she had totally pimped me out to take some family pictures for them.  I was so excited to do this for them.  I remember feeling nervous about the whole thing.  I didn’t want to mess these up.  I wanted them to be just perfect.  Angie and I spent part of the day finding the “perfect” location.  As I got my camera gear ready I said a little prayer and asked my Heavenly Father to guide me through this session.  I felt a calming peace come over me and  I knew that everything would work out. 

As we pulled up to our location and met the Lunds, it took everything in me to not burst into tears.  Thoughts came into my head, “How could something like this happen to such a young girl?” & “Why her?”…………………………

During our session I knew my Heavenly Father was helping me.  I did what I would do with any other family and for a few moments it was like nothing was out of sorts.  I even got some smiles!  When we were through I remember Christy asking me, “are we done?  Is it okay to cry?”  We all laughed and started to cry.  All of us knowing that this journey was not going to be easy for them. 

This family just absolutely amazes me.  I get lots of updates from Angie and once in a while from Christy.  I e-mailed Christy the other day to see if she minded if I share Brynn’s story.  She filled me in on exactly what kind of cancer it is.  It is called Rhabdomyosarcoma which is a muscle tumor.  She found the little lump on the bottom of her foot the last week of school.  She had no other symptoms and the bump didn’t hurt or anything.  It was positive in her lymph nodes also which made her stage 4.  She has 52 weeks of chemo and 28 days of radiation which starts the end of the month.  “I’ve never had a kid every stay in a hospital or have stitches or anything so this is pretty crazy for us when you think you have 4 healthy kids!  She doing great though probably because she was so healthy to begin with.” 

I know that there isn’t a whole lot we can do for them at this point but please keep them in your prayers.  She is an amazing little girl with a very strong will!  I have heard some pretty wicked stories from Angie and I can’t believe that she is only 11 years old.  They just had a fundraiser in Barnwell for Brynn and rumor has it that her older sister and some of her friends all shaved their heads for Brynn.  Wow!  Would we all be willing to do that for someone we love?

Here is a slideshow of the images we captured.  Make sure to pause the music player at the bottom of the blog before you push play!

Meet Brynn…………………………………………………………………………….

This last image was my favorite.  The sun was sooooo bright that day which makes it hard to take a picture but the way the rays were shining down on them was awesome. 

Thank you guys for allowing me to share this on my blog and for letting me take these for you.  I truly feel blessed to know all of you.

Check ya later!

Tj

October 16, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Tiffany - Amazing! Thank you for sharing this TJ!

October 17, 2010 - 1:32 am

Angie Higa - Awesome job TJ! They are an amazing family! Christy and I were good friends in highschool, and have been reconnected through all of this. I’m both sad and greatful at the same time. Brynn is amazing. She takes my breath away every time I see her. And Christy and Kevin? They are a match made in heaven, not to mention both stunningly gorgeous. They’ll keep on keepin on alright :)

October 17, 2010 - 3:52 pm

UrbanAlli Photography - I can’t even imagine receiving that news that my son or daughter had cancer. That would be such a difficult thing to go through but I’m sure it will bring their family so close. As a Radiation Therapist I got to see this everyday. You really look at life in a different way and are more thankful for each beautiful day. So awesome of you to do this for them. I’m sure they will treasure them forever.

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