I am honored to introduce this week's WARRIOR to you: Melissa Bryant.
Melissa and I met a few years back though mutual friends as we sipped cocktails at a local restaurant, I love meeting people with whom I share a name, and it was even more memorable because Melissa is a fellow photographer, and a very talented one. We also share the "mom of two boys" title, which brings with it a mutual respect and understanding. It's always nice to connect with other creatives.
When I first posted about the Warrior Portrait sessions, one of the first people to contact me was Melissa. I was so surprised to hear that she was in the ranks of survivor, and quite recently at that. We discussed photographing not only Melissa, but her two sons as well - after all, they are the closest to her and as much a part of her journey as she is. I was touched witnessing their interaction and closeness.
Melissa was kind enough to provide the below words:
"At 43 years old I had a breast MRI at the urging of my doctor. The very next day I got a call telling me I had a mass in my left breast and needed a biopsy. A week later I had a biopsy and two days later heard the words no one wants to hear, “you have cancer”. I was instantly part of a “club” that I did not want to join. I researched, asked questions, meet with many, many doctors, pieced together a team of surgeons and physicians and together we created a plan. In May of this year I had three surgeries. My tumor was so small that I was not encouraged to undergo chemotherapy. I am so grateful for the group of caregivers from MD Anderson Cancer Center that make up my “dream team”."
Thank you so much to Melissa for sharing her story. Breast cancer comes in so many different forms, and can be discovered in so many different ways. I am grateful to Melissa for sharing her experience.