Sisters You Choose | Lakeland, FL

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

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I love taking photo’s. I love taking photo’s of people. All my sessions have made me love what I do even more, but this photo session was especially close to my heart, because the friend in, adversity, is one of the dearest friends I have ever known. We met in college as roommates, and over 15 years later, I now refer to her as one of the sisters I got to choose!

We knew before she began chemo for her, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, there was a high probability that her hair could fall out. So each of us went ahead, and cut our hair shorter in preparation of that possibility. Between the two of us, over 20 inches went bye bye. So it wasn’t a surprise, when I got a call from her letting me know that her hair had begun to fall out after beginning chemo. We discussed a good time for me to come visit, and I did what any sister would do, and drove down to shave my head with her.

Camera at the ready, we headed to a nearby hotel for an evening of adventure! My friend made the decision that for her, this wasn’t going to be a time of sadness and tears. There already had been, and would be, lots of those moments, but this wasn’t going to be one of them! No, this moment was for getting to be in charge of when, and how, she lost her hair.

Cancer wasn’t going to decide that…she was!

So keeping her motto, and mood about the situation in mind, I made the mental decision that I was going to do everything in my power to make this a time of celebrating our friendship, focusing on this being something neither of us had done before, and making it as fun as I possibly could!

Equipped with my husbands clippers, we each took turns shaving section, by section, of our hair, till it was all gone. At the end, we both stood smiling side by side in front of the mirror, focusing on what we had gained…shorter shower times, not having to spend time doing our hair, being able to ride in the car with the window down, what we would spend all the money we would be saving not having to buy shampoo, conditioner, and hair products…instead of what we lost…which at it’s core, was just hair.

And after taking the quickest showers of our lives, we drove to the nearest store that was open, and bought hats, headbands, gorgeous new earrings, and then rode all the way home with the windows down…because when you have Jesus, and great friends by your side, you know that somehow, it will all be okay!


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