At the outset, these two big things were very separate However, the line between the meso journey and photography often gets blurred these days. People we have met in the mesothelioma community enjoy looking at the photographs posted in the blog and on Facebook. Many of the friends we have made through photography now number amongst our strongest supporters as Steve battles through another treatment regime.
Milestones, such as the start of a new year or an anniversary of something special, often trigger a bit of navel-gazing. So perhaps it's not surprising that Steve's birthday tomorrow - his fifth since being told he was terminally ill - has triggered such thoughts.
However, on this occasion the rest of the post I'm going to share with you is not mine. It's a piece originally written in 2010 by David duChemin, world and humanitarian photographer, nomad and author, which was re-posted on his website today.
Since being dealt the body blow of mesothelioma diagnosis in 2009, we have come to understand and appreciate the sentiments expressed below. We have certainly done our best to enjoy our time together as much as possible over the intervening years. It also seemed a fitting way to build a bridge between two strands which have run through our lives since then - a piece written by a photographer which was inspired by the experience of knowing others living with cancer.
David duChemin writes:
Life is short. Nov.16, 2010
|I would credit the photographer, if I knew whose image this is!