I now know that pictures don't define my daughter...but they do certainly impress a lasting impression on one's mind. And in the very beginning, when you are moving forward inch by inch, hanging on words and phrases that doctors give you...those pictures can make you feel like any and all future for your child is doomed.
That's why I loved this story. I love what this fashion photographer is trying to do ~ to redefine beauty, to open our eyes, to help us see hope, love, and beauty in our children.
How would I have felt if instead of pictures like the ones I saw, when I typed in microcephaly these images popped up? I could have still seen tight arms, smaller body frame, facial features...but they are also just really cute pictures, aren't they?
|Ok, I could have found a cuter picture. But still. She's so cute.|
|Look at the light in those eyes. Our doctors gave us no hope for light...but it beams from her.|
That's one reason why making Samantha's story public is important to me. Search microcephaly today, and you'll see her face pop up, among the many other pictures. Parents need real information...the everyday stuff. They need hope. They need comfort. They need reassurance. And with all the pain, they need to see the smiles and the beauty. I love this man for the work he is doing. His influence will help many families, and hopefully even change the medical books.