January 24, 2023

Hope's Cancer Journey

Her 40 over 40 Story


Ugggghhhhh, it was my stomach but that has been cut wide open and scared! I would have to say my lower back now

Conquering my Frankenstein look! Accepting my scars and feeling beautiful with them!

Life’s too short! Fight your best fight and never give up no matter what! 

Don’t settle! And no matter what make sure you take care of YOU first! 

My maternal grandmother! She was my biggest fan and my best friend!  She was my Bible, my calculator, my dictionary, my cookbook, and my cheerleader!(to name a few)

Messy hair don’t care!
I don’t wear makeup on a regular! I’m all natural 

Being pampered and feeling beautiful! All eyes on me! 

To share my story with others! Knowledge is power!
And to begin to accept my scars as part of me and my future! 

Mother, survivor, determined

I have ants in my pants!!! I can’t wait till it’s my turn! 
Dancing like a kindergartner that has to pee! 

When I was pregnant with each of my children! I was glowing all the time!
My first wedding day I felt like Cinderella! 

Having the strength to get through two divorces and standing on my own two feet in the end! 
Beating my battle with cancer!

My Beautiful Friend

This little glimpse into Hope doesn't begin to explain how strong and truly inspiring this woman is. Hope battled stage IV ovarian cancer, had a total hysterectomy and beat cancer.  After learning she has the gene for breast cancer, she had a double mastectomy so she didn't have to live the rest of her life in fear. 

Hope then turned this horrible experience around and stood before a room full of women at the 40 over 40 Gala and openly shared her very vulnerable story with the goal that other women would hear her story, take action, and live to tell their story too! 

Hope's goal with her 40 over 40 photo shoot was to see her scars and love herself AS IS.  Her scars will always be there, as will the memories, but that didn't mean she couldn't learn to love Hope 2.0.   Hope is an inspiration to all and I am grateful that she allowed me to photograph her in the most beautiful way possible.  

About the Author Amy Paris Jackson

Amy Paris Jackson, the award-winning portrait photographer behind Amy Paris Photography, specializes in boudoir, beauty and branding in NW Indiana. Her mission is to empower women to fall in love with themselves—whether for the first time or all over again. With Amy, you don’t need to worry about posing; she expertly guides you through each session to ensure you look your absolute best. Seeing your beautiful portraits will boost your confidence and self-esteem, showing yo

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