Earlier you read the happiest moment of Ivonne and Andrew’s life, their engagement to each other. But what happens when all of a sudden life gives you a trial that is beyond you? Where does Love begin? 27 Miracles had the opportunity to hear the story about Ivonne and Andrew after life threw this young couple a fast ball, that left them wondering just that…..
“I was diagnosed on Feb. 13, 2012 with Hodgkin Lymphoma, the news was extremely shocking for us, but did not expect something like this at all. I went to the hospital that day by myself found out the news by myself and in less than an hour later, Andrew, my mom , dad, aunt, grandma and future mother in law were there and I thought to myself how lucky I was to have such a wonderful family who loved me and supported me so much.
I was in and out of the hospital for weeks at a time and there was someone there, always with me, they never left me alone. I had chemotherapy for three months. I felt weak, tired, nauseous and everything in between. I remember some days not being able to get up from my bed., how sore I felt throughout my whole body, not wanting to eat because I couldn’t even smell the food and Andrew having to feed me because my body was in pain.
I think that the worst time of everything combined was the thought of losing my hair. After the first treatment, I cut it very short. Then when my second treatment came around, it started falling out in a lot of clumps. So Andrew, my dad and I decided to shave it all off. Yet, in light of all I went through, shaving my head turned out to be one of my best memories!
I also always told myself, all this is happening for a reason and I realized that being with children at the hospital and watching them go through everything I had to go through, was becoming my true passion and calling. This solidified my decision to go back to school and study pediatric- oncology nursing. The whole experience from the initial diagnosis of my cancer to the days of getting treatments to fight the cancer and everything in-between has taught me so much! It has taught me to be strong and to never lose faith in God because no matter what is going on through the ups and downs of my life; God has shown me that he is always going to be there for me.”
Andy Martin Photography had that joyous occasion to capture the love of Ivonne and Andrew, showing the world exactly “Where Love Begins.” The story told through pictures will make you see that no matter what happens in life, where love begins is in the circle with no end.
Andy Martin Photography
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