Wednesday, November 21, 2007

January - Carolyn Dillard

The model for the month of January is Rachel Carolyn Dillard. She is from Dayton, Tennessee. She appears in this photograph with her 2 daughters (Janette, on her right, and Rachel, on her left) and 2 grand-daughters (Leah, on her right, and Allison, on her left). Carolyn was diagnosed in August of 2004 while fullfilling a promise to her sister, who passed away from breast cancer, by getting her yearly mammogram. Carolyn, who is 56, lost her mother to breast cancer when she was young. Her mother was only 50 years old. As treatment, Carolyn chose to have a masectomy in 2004 and has been cancer free ever since.

Her words to others that may be experiencing the same thing were, "Keep positive thoughts!"

I am a portrait and wedding photographer who also lives in Dayton, Tennessee. I joined this project in the hopes that we can make a difference in someone's life. I love to photograph people. Carolyn is my cousin. I would never have known that she suffered this disease had it not been for this project. I am grateful to have heard her story and even more so for the chance to spend some time with this wonderful lady. Just remember ladies, EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!! GET A MAMMOGRAM EVERY YEAR!!

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Photograph by Jojo Boudreau

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