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

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