Meet Warrior Melissa Bryant {Amelia Island Portrait Photographer}

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 with her wonderful boys.

Melissa with her wonderful boys.

 

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”."

 
Looking lovely in yellow, a sunny look for a positive disposition.

Looking lovely in yellow, a sunny look for a positive disposition.

 

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.