05.16.2012 Marielle

Erin. Brave Beauty.

She wears a ring on her finger with a saying that reminds her to always look on the bright side. And last year, at the age of 21 when she was diagnosed with rare form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, looking on the bright side might have not been the easiest thing Erin had ever done. After all, she was in the middle of getting her college degree in Biology at UNR, she was in the middle of making new friends…and she was in the middle of, well, life. Being diagnosed at such a young age was a complete shock to her…she immediately put everything on hold & began intense chemo treatments. Time passed & her hair fell out (but she had the cutest wig!!!) and thankfully the cancer she was diagnosed with was treatable. She says that her experience with cancer definitely changed her for the better…it not only made her a stronger person but now that she is in remission, she can look forward to her life ahead. She is back in school & is able to look on the bright side more than ever…she can spend her time doing things she loves-shopping (Anthropologie!!!), going to the lake, spending time with friends, Disneyland & so much more. Erin is a brave, beautiful woman & I was so lucky to have been able to photograph her!

Erin-next time you want to hit up Anthropologie (or if you want to give away any of your darling clothes), you know who to call. You are a complete doll & I am grateful to have been able to spend time with you photographing you in all of your beauty. XOXO, marielle.

If you know someone who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer or recovering from cancer & would be interested in a complimentary photo shoot, please drop me a line. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive & excited for my Brave Beauty project! It means the world to me & I look forward to all the Brave Beauties I will be able to meet in the future.

And now here is the lovely, beautiful Erin…

She has such a beautiful smile!

I love, LOVE how Erin’s hair has grown in! Such a fun style…

About the Author

Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (2)

  1. LaRae Wilson

    Thanks for sharing her story and her photos. Sweet moment in the middle of my day.

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