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Picture of the Week – Take Action on Cancer Awareness – Jennifer’s Family Story

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My story is not just about me. Cancer has affected our family in dramatic ways over the past few years. In the space of a few years, a rare form of blood cancer stole my aunty Helen – she sadly didn’t get a chance to meet her first grandchild. Then my mother-in-law (another Helen) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer – the silent killer.

Then at 7 months pregnant I found a lump in my throat – and I knew straight away – a woman’s intuition i’d call it. After I gave birth to my second son, I had two different surgeries and was found to have thyroid cancer. The saddest part of the whole ordeal was that my mother-in-law was dying while I was getting surgery and treatment for my cancer. It really hammered my husband.

I was the lucky one – I went through radiotherapy and have recovered brilliantly – the hardest part was missing my husband and kids while I was away.

Sadly we said goodbye to my mother-in-law, Helen, about 2 months ago and it is hard. It’s especially hard to say goodbye when the way she was taken was so unfair. Ovarian cancer is nasty nasty business – so ladies if you ever feel bloated, constipated or have pain in your abdomen – go and get yourself checked out. Ovarian cancer is so hard to detect – that’s why nearly everyone who gets it dies – and quickly. Helen left behind a husband, 5 children and 5 grandchildren – all under 2 years of age. It’s saddens me to think those little people aren’t even going to remember their Nonna.

It’s been about 3 months since I had my radiotherapy and things are going well for me on the health front. I guess I never really saw it as a threat because I knew it wasn’t going to beat me. Geez – I’m only 27 and I’ve got two little boys and a husband to love and look after – and I have a hell of a lot more photographs left in me too! ha ha. Up until now I’ve never really talked about this whole experience. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me or to pity me. But I need to let people know about ovarian cancer. Take charge of your health – my mother-in-law didn’t – she was too busy worrying about everyone else.

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Well, that is my story – I hope it’s not too long. I’m also attaching my photo – this is me and my youngest baby, Beau.

I used your b&w FREE action (thanks by the way, that is super cool), and I added lime, purple and peach and varied the opacity of each. I also used your vignette action. Thanks for that too.

Also, Jodi – thanks for all your valuable tips, hints and free actions. They are incredible. I know everyone really appreciates you taking the time to make PS go global!

Kind regards,
Damien, Jennifer, Dusty & Beau Stocks

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 Picture of the Week   Take Action on Cancer Awareness   Jennifers Family Story

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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