family photo op
Last September, my wife Anna underwent a radical cystectomy to remove her cancerous bladder.
The surgery by University of Chicago’s Gary Steinberg was a huge success and my wife is now cancer-free.
After her recovery, Anna became very active with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network and counsels many people who are facing surgery for bladder cancer.
Anna mentioned to me that she wished that I had documented her battle with bladder cancer so she could use it now as part of her quest to raise awareness for the disease.
If she would have asked before the surgery, I am not sure if I could have done a photo story on her as her life hung in the balance.
Now Anna is back in the hospital dealing with some intestinal issues stemming from scar tissue from her surgery where the doctors took part of her insides and built a neobladder.
She will be heading home any day now and despite my knowledge that she will someday again say that she wished that I would have photographed her struggle, I am content with my coverage- one quick snap with my crappy Blackberry camera.
©2009 Scott Strazzante