This summer I was asked to photograph some images for Osteoporosis Canada to be added to their 2012 – 2013 Annual Report. A good family friend suggested me for the job, and I was very honored and thankful. I would be photographing a woman who lives with osteoporosis and how she deals with everyday tasks that anyone else would take for granted.
Before the photo shoot a few staff members from Osteoporosis Canada came to meet Gail for an interview on her journey living with Osteoporosis. I was asked to sit in on this interview, and reluctantly agreed, hoping my presence would not make Gail uncomfortable as she told the story of her journey through fracture after fracture.
I could not have been more wrong. As soon as we walked up to Gail’s door we were greeted with warmth and love. Listening to her story was inspirational and humbling. Gail has been through so much in her life and takes everything in stride. She is an amazing woman and someone I will never forget. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and do this project for Osteoporosis Canada. I learned so much in the few hours I spent with Gail, and although she only touched my life for those short few hours. I will always admire the strength, persistence, generosity and love that emulates through her.
You can read about Gail’s journey in the Osteoporosis Canada Annual Report 2012 – 2013, Stop At One. Where she explains her story and talks about “CORN”, The Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network. The support group she and 3 friends founded in 2004. Today there are 7, 000 members and still growing.