Meet Kristi: Mother of 5, wife, friend, daughter, breast cancer survivor, founder of Wings of Karen (WOK), and Superwoman. And I’m not kidding about the Superwoman part.
Kristi’s mom died of breast cancer and, after Kristi received her own diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer, she started WOK. Kristi works tirelessly as the (volunteer) executive director of WOK (sometimes up to 60 hours per week!) and 100% of the money that WOK brings in directly supports researching to find a cure for breast cancer.
Anyway, here is Kristi. Gorgeous, inspiring, hard-working, Superwoman, Kristi…
I was not kidding when I said she is gorgeous. You would never know in these photos that she has been through hell and back and is currently on a horrendous treatment that has crazy side effects. In fact, we only had a small window of time to schedule her shoot because it had to be done a certain amount of time between treatments in order for her to hopefully feel good enough. She writes a really truthful blog entry about it here. This is the exact same treatment that Jill is on and both of them battle constantly with the beyond awful side effects. I actually introduced them and they have become support sisters.
Back to the photo shoot…
I was so thankful that Kristi was feeling well enough to do our shoot! She deserved to have a makeover and glamour photo shoot.
Her smile is infectious! I absolutely adore her. I was introduced to Kristi last year by Andrea Sloan. Andrea is on the board of directors of WOK and she asked me if I was interested in helping out with some photos for the organization. I was more that honored to help! I did the super fun shoot with Kristi, another breast cancer ass-kicker named Siri, and several other women. You can see it here.
I showed Kristi these images before posting them. She emailed me and wrote,
“Oh my, haven’t seen myself glammed up like this before, but I have to say it feels good to see myself this way after a very trying year. The scars and mental anguish can take its toll, but your lens didn’t capture anything but the good, I can see it in my eyes. Thank you for a wonderful day!”
I got all teary eyed after reading it. Kristi, I should be the one thanking you. Thank you for working so hard to find a cure. To find a cure so that our daughters, sisters, friends, neighbors, and all women, don’t have to go through what you are going through. Thank you for fighting. Thank your for sharing your experience. Thank you for being Superwoman.
Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer