On June 19, 2009, a week after her 63rd birthday, we said goodbye to my beautiful mother, Chloe Beeson Blom. She was an incredible woman who gave me so much and my heart will ache for her. The past year was difficult, watching as she battled the pancreatic cancer that was ravaging her. Trying to remain hopeful and positive was all we could do, and we made the most of our time together, knowing in our hearts that it was probably limited. I am so grateful for this past year with my mom, a year to say goodbye and love her just as she was. I would like to honor her by documenting people with cancer living their lives, just as she is in this image with her grandsons (my boys). The images will be displayed in a book and exhibit to benefit cancer research. This image was taken after she returned from the hospital where she had the surgery that discovered the cancer. She has her cutest wig on and is truly happy to be with her boys. She continued to live the rest of that year, playing poker with her grandkids, celebrating Thanksgiving with her family, working, having lunch with friends, going to church, weddings, on trips and enjoying her gifts. If you love someone with cancer or have cancer and would like to help me honor my mother, please contact me at the studio so we can set up your session. You will receive an 8×10 Archival image for your participation.