I just had the most inspiring, amazing, and perspective gut punching shoot to date. I know I said I wasn't going to share anymore of the series until it was in galleries, but this is just too good to keep under wraps. You may want to get a box of tissues before you read further.
"J" was diagnosed with cancer for the first time at 14. He had a walnut sized tumor on his knee. At that time they normally would've amputated his leg, but he was lucky enough to be accepted for a new treatment. It caused major damage to his knee, now completely artificial, and eventually had to be rebuilt again. His sports career was over. About a year or so later it came back, this time in his lungs. He went through excruciating amounts of treatments, chemo, radiation, the whole gamut. Finally after struggling and being sick from the treatment through his entire teen years he gave up. He told them he couldn't take anymore, and that he was ready to die. They removed all the tumors they could, and he quit his therapy. The doctors told him he had a year at best to live. He was 17. Then he met the love of his life, and everything changed. He started getting better, and went into full remission. They are still married today, nearly 30 years later, and despite his body being littered with scars from myriad experimental surgeries, he is in perfect health and they are two of the happiest, healthiest, and most beautiful people you could ever know, with children just like them to boot.
It just goes to show that love really can heal all things.
There are no faults in our stars.