The Cancer Family.

Via on Dec 18, 2013

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I know all too well that having one parent battle cancer is hard enough.

However, that pales in comparison to having both of them fight the disease at the same time.

A few years ago, photographer Nancy Borowick found herself in that exact situation when her parents, Howie and Laurel, both were diagnosed with Stage four cancer. (Laurel was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in September of 2011 and Howie with pancreatic cancer in December of 2012.) The couple, who had been married for 34 years, constantly swapped roles as patient and caretaker.

As a photographer, Nancy Borowick documented her parent’s fight against cancer. Borowick’s photos not only chronicle the low points, such as the endless trips to the doctor for visits and treatment, but also the joys, such as her wedding last October, when both of her parents walked her down the aisle.

The title of the project, Cancer Family, Ongoing, says it all: she shows life doesn’t stop once cancer enters a family’s life. Rather, it continues to go on with all its expected and unexpected high and lows.

Earlier this month, Howie lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, but Laurel continues to fight her battle against breast cancer. She continues to have her journey documented by her daughter.

To see the photos of Cancer Family, Ongoing, visit Nancy’s website here.

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Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photos: Nancy Borowick

 

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About Kimberly Lo

Kimberly Lo is a yoga instructor and freelance editor & writer based in Charlottesville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework and photography. Connect with her on Facebook.

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3 Responses to “The Cancer Family.”

  1. Tiffany Fasig says:

    What an amazing couple. Warm wishes to your family during the holidays, Nancy! Thank you, Kimberly for posting this. A great reminder to enjoy ALL life has to offer regardless of he high's and low's.

    • Kimberly Lo kimberlylowriter says:

      That's why I posted it. I love how the photographer shows all the highs and lows and the love present is so powerful. WOW!

  2. Heather Grimes Heather Grimes says:

    A lovely post, Kimberly. Thanks.

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