This blog post is actually from my old blog and I originally shared it in Oct. of 2018. I never want to lose it so I felt the need to repost it here. It was such a memorable experience! And I am proud to say I am now still connected to Kati and her mother on social media!! They are the sweetest.
Over the summer I had the pleasure of meeting miss Kati. We were introduced by a mutual friend who had shared with me a little about Kati. Kati was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and was battling for her life. She had an event to go to (a wedding) and her friend wondered if I could help her get ready for the day.
We chatted on Facebook before actually meeting I remember her telling me “This is my first event I’m attending after my chemo treatments..I just don’t want to look sick.” Her story hit close to home as one of my dear friends had been battling cancer over the last 2 years. We unfortunately lost him just a few short weeks ago & it truly changed me. He hated getting his picture taken and had shared with me on a few occasions how he hated what chemo had done as far as his outward appearance. It shattered my heart because I knew him before all of this…I know what a sweet person he was and to have him feel that way..knowing CANCER made him feel that way & took that confidence from him enraged me.
I didn’t want Kati to feel that way about herself either. So I offered to do her makeup & help her get ready completely free of charge & I reached out to my dear friend Dana Lyn Gruszynski from DanaG Photography to see if we could make it happen in her gorgeous studio. She, being the amazing soul she is, agreed without hesitation and the date was set!
We met in the morning and from the moment we hugged there was an instant connection. Kati is intelligent, funny, kind, & more importantly BEAUTIFUL inside & out. Just a true genuine soul. I got to learn so much more about Kati this day. Her goals, dreams, school, family….she is SO much more than her diagnosis. Before I knew it we had completed her look & when I saw her look in the mirror and her face light up it was honestly one of the best moments. She felt CONFIDENT & comfortable in her own skin. Something that everyone deserves to feel.
I’m happy to report that a few weeks back Kati WON her battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma and now is CANCER FREE & in remission!! I had been praying so hard for her since we met and I’m so thankful that she is here & thriving.
People with Cancer are just that…PEOPLE. They are more than their diagnosis. They are more than a patient number on a chart. They are more than office visits, and well wishes, and treatments….They are human beings who deserve to feel good about themselves from the inside out. I’m so very happy Kati allowed me to be a part of this special day for her & for her to share some of her story with me.
Kati you are a beautiful woman & beautiful soul. I am so happy our paths crossed. I continue to pray for you & wish you all the happiness, confidence, & love in the world. 💛🙏🏻
Photo credit: DanaGPhotography