A Race For Life

Enhanced Colour Photograph

80cm x 55cm

Louise has run many races during her life, raising money for charity, often for cancer charities, as many good people do. Ironically this is ultimately what that was about, from both sides of the line.

On 27th May 2012 Louise ran a personal best time in the Edinburgh Half Marathon, coming in at 1hr 55mins. She raised £650 for CLAN. Ten weeks later she was told she had invasive lobular carcinoma.

Amputation is never easy. For anyone.

Breast cancer mastectomy. It is not Pink. It has no arse to kick. It is difficult to see a medal for a race nobody wanted Louise to enter.

This is a photograph about survival and the real dawning of unbidden and unhidden awareness in the light of a day when all, or most, of the institutional support has fallen away. When outside help has to be sought out and asked for rather than being offered.
I love this woman. In sickness and in health.

The wall? The world knows we all hit it. Hard.

This photo is for Louise, for me, for our girls, all the truly important people in our lives.
The scars, a permanent reminder that life is too short to take up space filling it with too many things that are of no use or importance
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Paul Stedman
A Race For Life

A Race For Life

Enhanced Colour Photograph

80cm x 55cm

Louise has run many races during her life, raising money for charity, often for cancer charities, as many good people do. Ironically this is ultimately what that was about, from both sides of the line.

On 27th May 2012 Louise ran a personal best time in the Edinburgh Half Marathon, coming in at 1hr 55mins. She raised £650 for CLAN. Ten weeks later she was told she had invasive lobular carcinoma.

Amputation is never easy. For anyone.

Breast cancer mastectomy. It is not Pink. It has no arse to kick. It is difficult to see a medal for a race nobody wanted Louise to enter.

This is a photograph about survival and the real dawning of unbidden and unhidden awareness in the light of a day when all, or most, of the institutional support has fallen away. When outside help has to be sought out and asked for rather than being offered.
I love this woman. In sickness and in health.

The wall? The world knows we all hit it. Hard.

This photo is for Louise, for me, for our girls, all the truly important people in our lives.
The scars, a permanent reminder that life is too short to take up space filling it with too many things that are of no use or importance
Ref:
Date:
Location:
Photographer:
Paul Stedman