Wednesday February 19, 2020

Cancer Patients Turn Incredible Photographers

Camera develops confidence in cancer patients

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Cancer Patients Turns Incredible Photographers. Pixabay

Student photographer and one of a cancer patients Madeline Morales takes her camera everywhere she goes. She is always looking for something interesting to shoot.

“I try to look at things with a lot of light; a lot of what draws me is positivity – something that means love or happiness,” said Morales.

At 15 years of age, she has lived through experiences most teens have not had to deal with. She has faced cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, but she stays optimistic and tries to find beauty through her camera lens. Today, she will see something most people will never see in their lifetime.

“It makes me feel excited, a little bit nervous,” said Morales, whose photos were on display at a gallery show in Los Angeles.

“I think with photography and having that faith in God has really helped me a lot to staying positive and being motivated to want to keep fighting this disease,” she said.

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Morales was one of 23 students who shared their experiences with cancer through photos at the Pablove Foundation’s gallery show of its advanced photography class. The foundation aims to improve the lives of children living with the disease through its Shutterbugs photography program. The Pablove Foundation also provides money for underfunded pediatric cancer research. Proceeds from the students’ prints will go toward pediatric cancer research grants.

The Pablove Shutterbugs program offers photography classes in eight cities across the United States.

“Being in these classes with other people that completely understand their experience and can be a community with them has been really impactful and has really made them feel a lot more comfortable in what they’ve been through and where they’re going with it,” said Ashley Blakeney, program manager of Pablove Shutterbugs.

She said the photography classes give students living with cancer a sense of community at a time when they often feel isolated in their experience. Photography also helps build confidence, said Blakeney.

“Pavlove Shutterbugs serve as a distraction for these students while they’re going through their treatment because it literally is an out of hospital experience first and foremost,” she said, adding, “Because they are able to build this skill set and to be the really great photographers that they are. They’re incredible. It gives them something to brag about in a sense that they can now say “I am an artist. I am a photographer. I have this voice, and I have this story to tell” and they’re able to do that through their images.”
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Another student photographer featured in the gallery show is Bayu Lukman.

Photographer developing confidence in cancer patients
Photographer developing confidence in cancer patients

 

“Most of my photos’ themes focused on hope,” said Lukman

Lukman was diagnosed with cancer after graduating from elementary school. He described the devastating emotional side of living through cancer and its treatments of chemotherapy and radiation.

“You kind of get really depressed and you don’t want to live anymore.” Lukman continued, “You need to stay optimistic and push yourself through.”

With photography, many young students see the world through the lens of optimism, where their identity is not dictated by cancer.

“There’s more to us than just having cancer, that we have more of a story to tell besides cancer. We want people to see what we see even if it’s through the lens,” said Morales.

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“Pablove helped me understand more about the struggles of cancer and has given me a small chance to actually assist in the world a bit with photography, I’d say, to express my story and allow it to hopefully to reach other kids so they understand how to deal with it hopefully,” said Lukman. (VOA)

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Top 6 Idiosyncrasies That Prove You Are an Optimist

Below are some Qualities that may help you to determine if you are an Optimist or not! Have a Look

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If you are an Optimist, then every little thing will make you happy. Pixabay

 By Kashish Rai

 “Optimism is the faith that leads to Achievement. Nothing Can be done without hope and confidence, this is why you should always be an Optimist.” – HELEN KELLER

 Have you ever been through utter vulnerable circumstances and yet felt hopeful? Have you ever gone through extremely adverse situations that felt like raging blizzards but yet you felt that you’ll go through it? Do you make others happy? Do you have courage to face difficulties? Do you motivate and inspire people around you to always remain undefeated? – If you’ve got similar facets then yes you are an Optimist!

 Optimistic People are those who always have a positive approach towards life and surroundings. They see good in everything and have an efficacious perspective. Below are some Qualities that may help you to determine if you are an Optimist or not! Have a Look.

  1. You Always Stay Contented and Delighted

If you are an Optimist, then every little thing will make you happy. You will always believe that “Happiness is a state of positive mind“. You will always smile cheerfully and will make others around you happy. You can do anything to bring a smile on everyone’s face and set your own life as an example to cherish each moment.

  1. You Always Express Gratitude and Appreciate Others

 If you are an Optimist, then “Thank You” for you is not just a phrase but a genuine feeling. You will always express gratitude towards others for every small thing. An Optimist always appreciates people for their Generosity and Humbleness. The reason for being grateful is because optimistic people always value people around them.

  1. You Like To Become The “Catalyst of Change”

 If you are an Optimist, then rather than focusing on other people or the environment around you to change, you will decide to change your own self. Optimists always set an example for other people though their own life by being Humans of Strong and Genuine Character”. What differentiates optimistic people from others is their ability to show change through their actions.

  1. You Give Other People Courage and Hope

 If you are an Optimist, then you will have a strong desire to foster Capable People. You will always give motivation and inspiration to other people around you and will help them to realise their mission. People tend to get inspired from optimistic people more than others because of their undaunted spirit. Optimistic people cannot see others in suffering, they give our their best to help others to become happy and productive.

  1. You See Life as an “Ocean of Opportunities”

 If you are an Optimist, then you will see every moment as an opportunity to change your entire life. Optimistic people aspire more and understand the meaning of life. They see opportunities in minimalist things and aim for the big. For Optimists~ Word “Impossible” doesn’t exist. They see best in everything and cherish every single Opportunity given to them .

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Optimistic People are those who always have a positive approach towards life and surroundings. They see good in everything and have an efficacious perspective. Pixabay
  1. You Don’t Listen To Antagonists And Believe in Your Dynamism

If you are an Optimist, then Self-confidence is your biggest asset. You set yourself aside from negative people and believe in your own worth. Optimistic People are always aware about their strengths and weakness, they always make their strengths a weapon for themselves. Optimists are Self-Motivated and and understand what they are capable of doing.

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“An Optimist Understands that life can be bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again.”

 Conclusion: It is always Important to remain an “Optimist” now matter how adverse it gets. For realising your self-worth and capability amidst difficult circumstances it is very important to adopt an optimistic approach towards life. Hope the pointers mentioned above may have helped you to unleash optimism inside of you.