Karen Walsh is a mother of two battling stage 4 cancer.
At 40 years old, she was told the disease had spread from her colon to her liver and lymph nodes. Chemotherapy was her only option.
To fill in the hours during her long, weekly treatments, she wanted to do something positive.
Karen decided to do fun photo shoots, and she’s been going at it for almost 6 months.
Her favorite films, TV shows, and plays inspire the photoshoot theme, week after week.
“It was, and continues to be, a great distraction for me while sitting in an infusion center. It’s fun. Time passes quickly,” Karen said.
Her positive attitude has encouraged friends, family members, and even medical staff to dress up with her.
So far, they’ve covered Star Wars, Rocky, Game of Thrones, The Breakfast Club, Forrest Gump, and a ton more.
Karen is almost on her 24th week of chemo. Her photos have become an outlet for her to find some normality in the situation and keep her emotions in check while fighting for her life.
“I think it’s imperative to let it out and not have the anxiety, anger, and fear sit inside of you. But it’s generally not my tendency to sit and stew in anything for too long,” Karen shared.
Cancer can be emotionally draining, so the photo shoots are helping Karen and her kids focus on something else.
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She says that while she doesn’t normally like getting photographed, she enjoys taking these photos, mostly for her children. Her photos are also a way for them to feel the joy and strength that she’s showing through her fight, if the worst should happen.
“My daughter enjoys the costumes and seeing the final product,” Karen said.
“I still have days when I want to cry. Thankfully, I have a great support system. My husband and parents are rock stars.”
Keep fighting, Karen!