Rosalina was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in December. She went straight to Torrey Pines after learning of her diagnosis to meditate and begin the healing process. So when she reached out to me to photograph her and her family before her surgery, we knew we had to use Torrey Pines as our backdrop. Rosalina was great at sharing her vision with me for her Torrey Pines family session She wanted photographs of her with her children, but she also wanted photographs of just her so she could remember herself like this always.
We ran around on the beach playing together and taking pictures. Right as the sun was setting, I took Rosalina aside, while her children were playing in the water, and we photographed her. All of her. These pictures are so raw to me. There is so much beauty in her courage and her vulnerability. After we took her pictures, we hugged each other and cried together. As I turned my head to look at the ocean, the sun was setting at exactly that moment and I saw the famous Green Flash for the first time in my life. I had heard stories growing up, but had never seen it with my own two eyes. I looked at Rosalina and told her it was a sign of wonderful things to come and before we knew it, we’d be drinking champagne together and celebrating life.
Rosalina is very open about sharing her story and gave me full permission to share every detail with you in my Journal. She wants to share her message of self-love, self-care, and body-positivity. We need to love ourselves fully, right here and right now, because we never know when our body might not be ours anymore. When I shared these pictures on social media the outpouring of love and support for Rosalina was overwhelming. I’d never seen so many women lift each other up, helping another woman to rise, right when she needed them most. It was absolutely beautiful to witness and to be a part of.
IN HER OWN WORDS
“I share this to spread awareness. Cancer does not discriminate, nor does it only select those who carry it in their genes. It begins somewhere in a family tree. It can start with anyone and it can be passed on from generation to generation from there. Here in San Diego, it is the number one leading cause of death. In the U.S., it is the second leading cause of death after heart disease.
Get to know your body thoroughly. Love yourself—your soul, your physical body, your existence…If you feel or see anything is physically different, do not second guess a visit to have your physician examine you and run tests. Request biopsies or an MRI to be performed even if it is not suggested despite you feeling something abnormal. An MRI revealed more than any other procedure did in my case. I did not have any symptoms of my diagnosis but the universe sent me countless signs desperately warning and preparing me. I watched. I listened. I observed…
With the help of my beloved children’s unconditional love, faith, a positive mindset, meditation practice, hot yoga, nature therapy, a healthy organic vegan plant based diet (going on 8 years), meaningful and genuine relationships including family and friendships, my children’s classmates’ parents, my community neighbors, my primary care physician and her staff, and my oncology team, I remain hopeful and optimistic. I envision this diagnosis diminishing and permanently leaving my body. I envision living a long healthy life with my two beautiful children close to me.
What matters most to me in my life are my two loving children. For them, I am strong. For them, I will heal. They need me. For them, I will continue to pursue my dreams and aspirations involving them. My mission here is not complete. I have much more to do including giving back to others and paying it forward.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank those who have been by my side during this experience. I am eternally grateful for you. Cheers to living life with purpose and heartfelt intentions…”
If you’d like to help Rosalina with any medical and healing costs, you can do so here.