Almost a year ago, my beautiful friend Jacque lost her battle with breast cancer. The one thing I still struggle with to this day, is that when the Dr diagnosed her, he said (and I quote) “There’s no such thing as 100%, but this is 100% as curable as you can get”. I will NEVER forget those words. And to this day, there’s this tiny voice inside my head that says, “but you said…..”, like a child.
Jacque went through treatment and got the all clear after her treatment. Some time later, I think it was about a year, she was complaining of having a sore back. I remember thinking nothing of it, until she mentioned that panadine forte was not making a dent in the pain! Everyone urged her to go to the Dr, and to cut a long story short, she was diagnosed with incurable bone cancer (advanced breast cancer). On 25th February, 2012, Jacque passed peacefully with her family around her.
I am a photographer, and I am a huge fan of Sue Bryce. She is the Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 and 2012. In 2012, she was teaching a course on Creative Live, and she had an email to critique another photographers images of a woman called Jill. Jill is travelling the same journey as my friend, Jacque. Jill wanted to tell her story. She wants to spread the word about breast cancer. She wants to stop this from happening to others. So Jill, Sue, filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew, and an entourage of women went to Paris to document Jill’s story.
You urge you to watch this and share this. This is Jill’s story. It’s a beautiful story of inspiration, love and gratitude. And can I urge all women to check themselves, and make the best lifestyle choices you can, and hopefully we can tackle this disease, one woman at a time.
“Beauty is a light in the heart” ~ Kahlil Gibran
The Light That Shines from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.