ABOUT ME

Growing up, I have always been an introvert. I was that kid that sat on the side lines watching everything around me. I enjoy observing the intricate details of life - the color, the smell, the personality, how people move in it, etc. As I got older, that joy in details grew into an admiration for photography and the ability to tell a story in a single snap shot. So whenever I get a free moment to pick up my camera, I do it! It's been a long time coming, but I am officially done with school (FOREVER, woot woot)! I'm a full time sonographer, working two jobs, trying to balance my career and my love for photography. I spend all day imaging people's insides and during my spare time I like to image people's outside :) Photography is one of my favorite past times, but with only so many hours in a day, it remains my hobby. Thus, I will be available for limited portrait sessions.

That's a little about me... now, tell me about you! I look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Aunties

Last year I posted about my aunt, Thuan Le, with stage III lung cancer... and a non-smoker. She's 57 years old, going on 58 and is still battling the biggest battle of her life.

Last year she relocated to Orange County to live with my parents while she underwent a clinical trial at UCLA-- one of the top ten cancer centers in the nation. Her husband and daughters are still living in Oklahoma and they all take turns flying back and forth to be with each other, including my aunt. My aunt was feeling better for a few months with the clinical trial. Her brain tumor became a scar and her lung tumor shrunk from the size of an orange to about the size of a dollar coin.

About three months ago, her right arm started to hurt and her spirit wavered. Her arm got increasing worse, swelling to double the size of her left with unbearable pain. She had multiple tests done and got admitted to the hospital where she stayed for nearly two weeks. Her cancer spread to her bones, with an infection, and her lymph nodes are enlarged-- compressing on her veins and are not draining the lymphatic fluid. The last two days in the hospital, they started radiation therapy on her, which she is now undergoing for the next three weeks.

Her condition is worsening and the pain getting to her mentally and emotionally. Her friends and our family are doing what we can to take care of her. The hardest part, at least for me is seeing her in pain and not knowing how to help her or even what to say at times. I hope and pray that she finds peace and comfort... and that her family can get here soon to be with her.

Here are some photos I took last summer of my aunt (in white) with her sisters.



Me and my aunt at the radiation clinic on Wednesday.


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