Capturing: Nelinda

/ Monday, March 12, 2012

Meet Nelinda. She's remarkable. I say that because the past year or so has been a long journey. It's funny how simple status updates or "likes" can make a huge impact in someone's life - especially mine.

I remember the day I met Nelinda. We sat next to each other in our community photography class & clicked right away. We teamed up, created ghost pictures, and laughed the whole time. The class was short - just six weeks - and thru Facebook, we became friends. Two months later, Nelinda announced she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I read it, I froze. I didn't feel entitled to read it --- she was opening her heart and I didn't know what to say. What could I say? What should I say? I read on, commenting here and there, liking her statuses of strength and perseverance, and admiring her candidness through it all. She underwent rounds of treatment, reconstruction, hair loss... and battled through. What she shared with me was a gift & this was my gift to her.

Nelinda, simply thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for letting me document your journey...

"But, Lizzi, I can't take any candid shots... like, I don't know how." Ummmmm, yah. sure...

Nelinda, you're gorgeous. Just sayin'...

And, of course, my fave...


1 comment

  1. Nelinda is such an inspiration and has brought me strength because not so long ago my dad was diagnosed with cancer too.

    I have known Nelinda since High School and when I heard her story it was a hard pill to swallow, how can someone I know so young, battle cancer. I read her comments and I would post here and there and she has taught me that cancer will never get the best of her, nor my dad..

    She is a remarkable woman and truly a blessing.



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