beauty rules over breast cancer

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I introduced you to my friend Renee a few weeks ago in THIS blog post.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December and has been documenting her journey HERE.

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Renee will be having a double mastectomy later this month and asked if I could help her capture some “before” moments.

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We talked about what it meant to be beautiful.  And how our view of beauty can be skewed when it comes to the way we see ourselves.  I told her that while it might be difficult to feel beautiful right now, I still clearly saw beauty.  Despite the bruises and havoc wreaked by chemo.  Beauty.

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And I am certainly not the only one.  Here are just a few things family and friends have had to say about Renee over the last few months:

– You are GORGEOUS!  Always have been.  Always will be.
– You are so brave. I stand in awe of you. Truly.
– You are such an inspiration!
– You are an amazing lady!
– You, my dear are incredible. So brave and strong and real.
– You are a rockstar.

True beauty radiates from within.  Cancer, no matter how vicious and unforgiving, can never touch it!

People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Molly Lujan - May 2, 2013 - 9:27 am

You ARE beautiful, Renee! And so STRONG! I continue to pray for you on this journey. Great photos!

Sharon Brown - May 2, 2013 - 9:33 am

What a beautiful gal. You are an inspiration to all women out there! Your joy from within comes through so beautifully in your smile!

God be with you during this “side trip” in your journey of life. Remember it is just a side trip and does not define the entire journey.

Sharon Brown

Crystal Satnik - May 2, 2013 - 10:55 am

You are beautiful Renee! Keeping you in thoughts and prayers. Stay strong lady!

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