As a Charlotte portrait photographer, I try to write a few posts that are more about life (and have a photography tie-in at the end) than photography.
I know what you are probably thinking. There are a lot of possible jokes with this blog title! I was actually sitting at my computer laughing like Beavis and Butt-Head while writing it! I want to channel my Larry the Cable Guy and say, “I don’t care who you are. That’s funny right there.”
But, it’s not what you think. I did have a special moment with my urologist. Let me explain.
For those people that know me, they probably know that I am not only a Charlotte portrait photographer. I am also a cancer survivor.
I had testicular cancer 8 years ago. I wrote a previous blog post about my experience and how cancer changed my outlook on life. That’s not the main focus of my blog post. The focus is what happened after my cancer.
You see…….My cancer produced another shocker. I will never forget my urologist informing me 8 years ago in that office! He said it in such a matter-of-fact manner. “You will never have kids.” I don’t want to exaggerate, but that was a dramatic moment in my life! I felt empty inside! I felt like someone punched me in the stomach! That moment along with the cancer was probably the lowest point in my life!
If you fast forward in the story, you would discover through lab tests, etc, that I can have kids. It took some time after my cancer, but I am actually a “normal” man in every way. My urologist was stunned, dumbfounded, etc and could not offer an explanation!
This brings me to my most recent visit with my urologist. It has been a while and he did not know about the birth of my son. My visit with him was pretty cool! It was actually surreal! It’s difficult to put it into words! We actually chuckled and talked philosophically about life’s ups and downs, how we couldn’t believe the twists and turns in my life, etc. I regret the fact that I got somewhat choked up during the visit. I didn’t want to be overly dramatic, but this was also a dramatic life event. In that room (just he and I), I wanted to show gratitude. First and foremost, he helped in saving my life! But almost more importantly, he helped in creating another life.
So, where’s the photography tie-in? By showing my urologist photos of my son, I feel like he knew my son then and there. It’s almost like he knows my son without even meeting him! In a way, being a Charlotte portrait photographer helped me tell my son’s story.
I think that’s a pretty neat story. I take away the powerful sense of life really being a roller coaster. That metaphor fits so well! Life is a roller coaster! It’s a roller coaster without any steering! You cannot control the roller coaster (no matter how hard you try). You are along for the ride. It’s o.k to grieve when times are tough. But, it’s also o.k. to celebrate during the good times……..
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