Be Inspired – Mrs. Shelly’s Story

Submitted by Amanda Norman
Sweet Dreams Photos, Oklahoma

From Mrs. Shelly:

“I want to be tough, but right now…I don’t know how.  This is what I wrote on my face book wall the day I found out I was diagnosed with Stage 3A pleomorphic lobular cancer of my breast and lymph nodes.  Stage 3…my heart sank.  Unfortunately, it is the least common type, which is more aggressive with a poorer prognosis.  I was told that this kind of breast cancer is not always picked up on mammograms, nor self breast exams!  How scary is that?!  The doctor gave me a 75% survival rate to make it 5 years.  However, I refuse to focus on these statistics.  I am a fighter.   I am strong.  And as my dad reminds me…cowgirls always win!  Cancer will not beat me!  I have had a lot of trials in my life, but I always manage to get back up on my feet.  I will again!

My sons bought me a beautiful leather, handmade journal for my birthday to express my thoughts and notating favorite bible verses.  Inside the journal was written, Isaiah 40:31.  “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not be faint”.  I wake each morning thinking of that verse, and I imagine myself as an eagle that soars above the storms of life.

I have just begun my journey, but I have already found blessings.  I have more friends than I ever imagined.  People who I don’t even know pray for me.  I feel so much love and support than I ever thought possible!  My friend, Leigh Ann, more or less set up this photo shoot without asking me first, knowing had she, I would have said, “no way!  I am too shy and this is way out of my comfort zone.  But I did it and I’m so glad I did!  Amanda made me feel so comfortable, and before I knew it, I was having fun “modeling”.  I gained a new confidence I never realized, and I felt pretty in spite of having no hair.  I was thinking, here I usually run from having my photo taken, and I am having it taken with my bald head!  Oh my gosh!!  I’m so glad I did it.  I have a renewed self esteem, thanks to Leigh Ann and Amanda!  I’m so thankful for Shoots for a Cure!  And while on this journey, I decided to have fun with it.  I bought some long feathered pink earrings and big feathered peacock earrings.  Something I wouldn’t have worn before, but I am now!”

View Mrs. Shelly’s Battle Session photographed by Sweet Dreams Photos