The battle we didn’t choose”

“In September of 2007 I married the girl of my dreams. Five months later Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer; just over four years later Jen passed.

Throughout our battle we were fortunate to have a strong support group but we still struggled to get people to understand our day-to-day life and the difficulties we faced. Sadly, most people do not want to hear these realities and at certain points we felt our support fading away.

Other cancer survivors share this loss. People assume that treatment makes you better, that things become OK, that life goes back to “normal.”

But how can others understand what we had to live with everyday?

My photographs show this daily life. They humanize the face of cancer, on the face of my wife.

Cancer is in the news daily, and maybe, through these photographs, the next time a cancer patient is asked how he or she is doing, along with listening, the answer will be met with more knowledge, deeper understanding, sincere caring and heartfelt concern.”