- I know the requirements for Personal Essay with Four Photos.
- I can make four photographs for my Personal Essay/Story.
- I can edit four photographs for my Persojnal Essay/Story.
Coping with Cancer
Documenting Krista Colvin and her family for a story about her fight against breast cancer was a complicated and emotional story. I knew it would take time for me to be accepted by the family and allowed access to very personal and private moments. In order to reach the highest level of trust I spent a lot of time just hanging out with the family without making pictures. Krista understood the importance of sharing her story and because of her courage and support helped thousands of other by bringing awareness to breast cancer. Krista lives cancer free with her family in Camas
Oncologist Dr. Kathryn Kolibaba, left, talks with Mike and Krista Colvin about plans to treat Krista’s breast cancer with chemotherapy at Northwest Cancer Specialists Wednesday March 24, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. Krista is among 190,000 women nationwide – nearly 700 in Clark County – likely to be told they have breast cancer this year, based on past rates.
The cancer in Krista Colvin’s right breast shows as a erie glow in an image from a PET scan viewed Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Northwest Cancer Specialists in Vancouver, Washington. At her first appointment with Dr Kolibaba, Krista learns that her cancer tests positive for HER2/neu, or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2.
Krista and Mike Colvin enjoy an evening out with their children, Wes, 10, and Annie, 7, at a local ice cream shop Friday March 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. Krista tries not to ruminate on how she got cancer, and instead focuses on planning. Most of all, she wants to protect Annie and Wes.
Mike Colvin listens as his wife, Krista Colvin, talks with her doctor about the extent of her breast cancer Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Northwest Cancer Specialists. “I don’t think anybody ever wants to hear the word ‘cancer.’ It’s a difficult one to hear,” said Mike Colvin.
Dr. James Kilway prepares the operating room before inserting a port into Krista Colvin’s chest at Southwest Washington Medical Center Friday March 19, 2010. The port will be used so Krista can receive infusions of chemotherapy.
A nurse numbs the area around the port in Krista Colvin’s chest where she will receive chemotherapy Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Northwest Cancer Specialists. In the first round, Krista will receive taxol and Herceptin. Taxol is derived from yew trees. Herceptin is the drug that gives Krista the most hope, however.
A friend looks through Krista Colvin’s chemo kit, a bag of supplies that help her deal with the side effects of her chemotherapy, Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Northwest Cancer Specialists.
Krista Colvin, 43, tries on various hats Thursday May 13, 2010 in Portland, Oregon after being fitted for a wig at Brenda Kay Hair Specialties. Krista makes an effort to look good while she’s undergoing chemotherapy to treat aggressive breast cancer.
Krista Colvin, left, works out with help from Casey Stafford, a personal trainer, during a circuit boot camp exercise class in Camas, Washington April 21, 2010. It was after a similar exercise class when Krista was showering she discovered a lump in her breast.
Annie Colvin, 7, and her mother, Krista Colvin, look at “big girl panties” Annie made for the Camas Girls Night Out event May 20, 2010 in Camas, Washington. Krista helped organize the event to raise money for breast cancer causes. Her blog chronicling her battle with breast cancer is called “Putting on My Big Girl Panties.”
Krista and her husband, Mike, cheer on their son Wes during a Little League playoff game Friday July 2, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. Krista is undergoing chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer, and it saps her energy. She tries to be open with her children about what she’s going through while also reassuring them.
Krista Colvin hugs her son, Wes, after the Little League team won a game to advance during a baseball tournament Friday July 2, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. Krista has completed one round of chemotherapy, and this summer is enduring a second, more taxing series of treatments.
Dr. Allen Gabriel shows an expander, and explains to Krista how they are inserted at the time of mastectomy Wednesday September 15, 2010 at his office at Southwest Washington Medical Center.
Camas photographer Lara Blair shoots pictures of her friend Krista Colvin Wednesday October 13, 2010 in Camas, Washington, a week before Krista undergoes surgery to remove her breasts as part of her cancer treatment.
Mike Colvin expresses his love for his wife, Krista, and praises her strength during the final preparations before her mastectomy surgery at Southwest Washington Medical Center Friday October 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington.
Dr. Allen Gabriel takes measurements and applies markings to Krista Colvin before she undergoes surgery at Southwest Washington Medical Center to remove her breasts and have expanders inserted that will begin the reconstructive process at Southwest Washington Medical Center Friday October 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington.
Krista Colvin sits at the edge of her bed with a measuring tape around her neck as she is marked for surgery by Dr. Allen Gabriel at Southwest Washington Medical Center Friday October 15, 2010.
Dr. Allen Gabriel performs surgery Friday October 15, 2010 at Southwest Medical Center to insert expanders that will create pockets in Krista Colvin’s chest wall for silicone implants later as part of the process of reconstructing breasts after her mastectomy.
Krista Colvin’s breast tissue is sealed in a plastic bag in the operating room and labeled for transport to a lab at Southwest Washington Medical Center Friday October 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Washington. The tissue will be examines later by pathologists.
Mike Colvin talks on the phone to Krista’s mom and dad Friday October 15, 2010 at Southwest Washington Medical Center to report that her mastectomy went well. Annie comforts Krista as Wes looks on in a recovery room.
Krista Colvin winces in pain as Tami Fuller, a radiation therapist at Northwest Cancer Specialists, makes a permanent tattoo mark Thursday December 2, 2010 that will serve as a target during future radiation treatments. Krista still needs radiation therapy, even though there are no signs of cancer. “We have one chance to cure,” says Dr. Kolibaba.
Krista Colvin laughs with her oncologist, Dr. Kalibaba, foreground, and her friend Lisa Algstam, left, Wednesday November 10, 2010, as they review a scan that shows Krista’s body is free of cancer. “I have good news for you: Everything is wonderful,” says Dr. Kolibaba. “No suspicious spots anywhere in the body. There’s just nothing there.”
Krista Colvin snaps photos of Annie, Wes and Mike as the family feeds goats at Thorntons’ Treeland in Vancouver, Washington Sunday December 5, 2010. It’s been 10 months since Krista first received the news that the lump she felt by chance after a bath was an aggressive form of breast cancer. So Krista makes sure to hit all the high points of their family traditions. “I don’t think I could do Christmas without you,” says Mike Colvin.