Meet Amy, the winner of my beauty photo shoot contest. Do you think you know ANYTHING about this girl? Look closely...okay yes, she's gorgeous...but look DEEPER...That's right, you should never judge a book by it's cover because unless you know her personally (and I have been lucky enough to meet her)....YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!
Let me enlighten you.
Amy was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called CIDP 3 years ago which can be seriously painful and debilitating. There are many symptoms to this disease such as numbness in the limbs, weakness, tremors, fatigue and worst case, can leave you paralyzed. Which is actually what happened to Amy. However, with remarkable spirit and a this incredible desire to live her life just as she planned before this illness, she spend less time feeling sorry for herself and more time finding ways around it. A woman that was told she probably would never walk again, with help of crutches, navigated swiftly around my studio refusing any attempts of my help.
While there is no cure, she gets an infusion every 3 weeks of a medicine (IVIG) made from thousands of blood plasma donors to help ease the pain, weakness and fatigue. With the help of her family and friends, like her friend Rebecca who nominated her for this contest, she relearned things like sitting and walking all over again. Basic things that we take for granted every day...Makes you want to stop sweating the small stuff and be more like her, doesn't it? Through all this struggle, she has NEVER stopped trying, getting back up and living her best life. I didn't hear her complain once during her session, in fact, she was more easy going, confident and relaxed than anyone I've ever had in my studio. (Srry, clients! I love you all but this is the truth, lol!)
If we all took a little piece of Amy's attitude towards life, just think of all the super powers we could unleash in ourselves? Just like Amy, we would be unstoppable!
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