In March of this year, Vashta had a seizure. While in the hospital, the doctors discovered a large tumor in her brain. Ten days later, they were performing brain surgery, where they removed most of the tumor. Less than a month later, the pathology came back as being Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade III brain cancer. She began localized radiation treatments to the brain, as well as oral chemotherapy Monday - Friday for six weeks. Once finished with that round, she was able to sneak in a visit to Louisville with her family.
This is where I come in :)
A few years ago, before Vashta moved away and before I was doing photography full time, I did a very quick session with her and her daughter one afternoon.
When I heard she was coming back to Louisville for a week, I knew I needed to get both of them back in front of my camera. And better yet, her fiance' flew into town right before the session. So what I thought was just going to be mommy-daughter portraits turned into family portraits :) Perfect.
If there is anyone in the world who could fight this, it's this woman. Her spirit, her attitude, her drive, and her motivation will get her through this ailment. No doubt in my mind. Fight like a girl, Momma. Fight like a girl.
|I've always joked that this could be my baby. But seriously, you guys. She could totally be my baby!!|
|Oh, her laugh!! I am laughing right now just thinking about it!!!|
*I found out at the end of the session that these two have set their wedding date for this October! They haven't had any engagement pictures done yet, so we had to snap a few (despite his hatred for modeling!).
Vashta's tumor has not responded to the standard treatment and has now come back full force. She is in need of a new treatment that very few places offer. Please show Vashta and her sweet little family your support and donate to her treatment, if at all possible.