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So Where Do I Even Begin?

Let's start in chronological order from where the last post left off. That will be the easiest I guess.

I last updated in September when I was pleased to announce my continued relationship with Olympus as a Trailblazer. Needless to say that was, and continues to be, an incredible journey full of great opportunities and exposure.

October rolled around and it was time for the annual Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk. I host one of the walks every year and this year was no different....Unless you count the HUGE number of people who turned out and the even BIGGER number of cool prizes I had to give away thanks to the awesome people at Triggertrap, Joby, and of course Olympus! I Was able to give away a few THOUSAND dollars of cool photo gear and meet some great people. If you want to see some of the photos taken during my walk swing over to our Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013skwwpwkmp/

As October came to a close it was time to prepare for my trip to Olympus headquarters in Center Valley Pennsylvania for the annual Olympus Visionary Summit! This year promised to be even more incredible than the last summit in January! Aside from a lot of time spent with the other members on photo excursions and doing fun things like go-karting, we also got to have some of our work on display at a local art gallery! How cool to have my work up for viewing publicly! This was pretty much a first for me as I have never been afforded the chance to show my work outside of the internet really. We were also given another chance to show our work at the annual Slideluck Potshow via slideshows! If you want to see mine it is right here! My Slideshow!
We ended our incredible stay there by getting some one on one time with Mr. Toshi Terada who flew in from Tokyo to do a sort of feedback session on the current line up of Olympus cameras and to also submit "wish list items" we'd like to see make it into future products. Seriously a once in a lifetime experience for me.

But while this whole trip was in progress I was sitting on pins and needles because my wife was at home in a state of fear. She had gone in while I was away to get a biopsy done on a lump that had developed in her breast. Me being ever the optimist was sure it was nothing at all....I mean, it couldn't be anything right!? Life is good.

As I sat in the airport in Newark waiting for my flight my wife called....The results of the biopsy were in............It was cancer.

The three most life altering words I have ever heard spoken to me, "I Have Cancer"
Since that day (Nov. 5th) our world has been in a state of terrified chaos. I won't go into too many details but I will say that we are learning so much more about cancer than we ever would have imagined possible. My wife is Stage 3, and will be starting chemo the week after Thanksgiving. We have a long difficult road ahead, but we have a legion of friends and family who have been so supportive so far. We know we can beat this, and we know that our lives will never be the same. We also know that we are not alone and that there are so many women out there battling to survive and that we are thinking about YOU and YOUR families as well as you fight to live.

I could go on for ages about where our lives are headed but I will save those words for another post. I promise to keep you updated on our fight, and also about my photography world and the news that comes with it.

So take care, thanks for reading, and get out and shoot!!