My name is Tammy "TAZ" I would love to help you capture your memories.
The scariest thing for a photographer is to lose their vision. So you could image me losing my sight how I felt. I was think I would have to give up taking pictures which I love to do. This was very hard for me to even think about. With my business is only a little over year old. I was not very happy about this. I was like this cannot be happening to me not know. Photography helps me keep busy & mind off my cancer.
For about a week or two my vision was getting really fuzzy not blurry. I fight cancer so been not feeling myself. I thought my chemo pill was giving me weird side effects. Come to find out my glucose was 676, yes you read that right. My glucose has been raising for 7 months’ little bit till it hit a coma high. Yes, I did say coma high. I walked into the ER, was talking & looked great. So can be sick & not look it. You would have not known till told you about all that was happening to me. I thought my thirst was because it was hot out. I was drinking a lot of water. Not think glucose was high. Just thought was another side from the chemo pill.
So when went into doctor for blood work I said my vision was getting really fuzzy. I was told because glucose is so high that your vision is going. I stayed in hospital for 4 days to get under control. My vision has always been not great so just thought has you age eyes get worse. Well in my case was not the chemo but diabetes. My eye doctor told me that I did not break any blood vessel which is a good thing. I was told I have very dry eyes. Since been moisturizing my eyes I have gone from near sighted to far sighted. I am just glad I can see again to use my camera & continue my photography business. When you cannot see how can you see the beauty in the world. We take our sight for granted. I am grateful that I can do what I love to do which is capture others memories.
Pick up lose things in your yard & deck. Lose things can fly around & hit your house, car or someone else property. Take down umbrellas, hanging plants & flags. These all can become a danger to everyone around you. Watch the track of storm to see how much time have to leave.
Plan your evacuation route by know the route will need to take to get away from the storm. Make sure have numbers of family members to check on them & also let them know how you are doing.
Pack an extra phone charger in case you’re fortunate enough to have electricity, and a portable battery pack in case you’re not. Also stash a long-lasting LED flashlight. Pack a small hand-cranked or battery-operated AM/FM radio (with extra batteries).
While getting ready for a typical day, list every toiletry you use, then buy a travel size version of each. Pack backup eyeglasses, as well as a first-aid kit, baby wipes and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.
Pack a few days’ worth. Include layers you can add or remove, plus lightweight rain gear and waterproof boots.
Pack about three days’ worth of each of your medication, which should last until you can get to a pharmacy that’s open. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.
The perfect bag
Think small and portable. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase with wheels will also do. Just remember, you may literally be running with it.
Fill a zip-top waterproof bag with photocopies of your birth certificate; driver’s license; Social Security and Medicare cards; power of attorney and will; any marriage, adoption or naturalization certificates; proof of address; insurance, medical and immunization records; and information about your credit and ATM cards.
Food and drink
Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are great because they are small and filling, and they come in a variety of flavors.
In addition to enough money for a few days, include small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need to buy something out of a vending machine, you don’t want to start asking equally desperate strangers for change.
Food, bowls, medication, bedding, leashes & your pets. DO NOT LEAVE PETS BEHIND! Your pets are like your children they are part of the family.
Make sure take pictures of you contents of your house before have to leave house for ins purposes. Lock all door, windows. closes blinds & curtains.
If staying put, make sure you have food & water for 3-7 days. Enough pet food for those with animals. Diapers, baby food for babies. Make sure have a full tank of gas in all vehicles. Have some candles for lighting. If have kids keep some stuff in area away from windows for them to play with.
Do this as the storm enters your area and you settle down for the long haul. Eat perishables first in anticipation of the power going out. Fill your fridge and freezer with bottled water and sealed non-perishable items. The more full your freezer is, the more items there are to retain the cold and keep the overall temperature down. The same applies to the refrigerator.
Store as much water and fluids as you can in your fridge so that if the power goes out, it will retain the cold longer; hopefully in time for the power to turn back on.
Put all the ice that you have in your freezer into plastic bags. Fill all spaces in your freezer with bags of ice. Freeze water bottles, too.
Be safe during a major storm. Prepare for the worse & hope the best.
Hurricane warning system
Had BC revision surgery on April 22,2019. For 4 weeks I could not pick up my camera, because it weighted over 5lbs. The surgery went well & healed great. I was so happy to pick up my camera again. It felt like the longs 4 weeks without my camera. I was only able to use my cell phone or point & shot. It is not the same. I did a lot of reading, coloring & just relaxing while I healing. I went for post op on May 22,2019 & doctor released me to be able to use camera again. I just had to watch was not too much on my chest. I did take extra week to make sure I was ready to hold camera without pain.
I started back with camera taken pictures around my garden. I felt a little rusty so want to practice before went to Farmers Market where I love to take pictures on weekend. Just had June 1st was my 1st Anniversary in official business. On my 1st Anniversary went to the Farmers market. I had a great day taken pictures at the market. I feel really good be back to using my camera, I think the little time off help me see things with a different eye. I see things like a never seen before. I am working on new projects for my future in business. It will be a great new year for my business.
Been married over 32 years. We have had up & downs but we are still tighter. He has been there for me in sickness & in health, good times & bad. We got married when we both where 20 years old. It was love at first sight. We meet on the CB radio in Nov 1985. We only knew each other less than a month before he proposed to me. We knew each other a little less than 7 months before we got married. No I was not pregnant, fact we never had kids. Was not meant to be for us. Which in a way was a good thing with me having cancer. Cancer runs on both sides of family & all are women.
I have had many surgeries but he has been there for me. He has taken care of me after each surgery. I have had over 10 surgeries since we got married. It is so hard on my husband to go through this with me but that is true love. We may not be a perfect couple but we are together & that is what matters. He may not be rich but he does care. We have moved many times since our marriage & even moved from one state to another. It has been tough on us both but true love keeps us together.
Beading & creative stuff
I love make things with beads. I sometime just pick up my beads & make something. If I can make jewelry to wear rather than buy it I do. I am a crafty person & enjoy making gift rather than buying something. Make things with beads I can be creative. I am a very creative person. I sometimes seeing something & think how can I make that. I tried selling my stuff but did not make much so I gave it up. So know I make things to donate to help causes.
I have taken bead classes & they are a lot of fun to lean new techniques or styles. Sometimes I come up with weird looking things but I have fun doing it. As long as you are having fun that is all that matters. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I never know when the mood will strike to make something but when I do watch out, for when do I get right to make something. I even sometime take picture frames & decorate them. I do not do as much as use to but I still do when need something for an outfit I am wearing. This is also a stress relief for me.
So when I was a kid I loved to color, well a many years ago I picked it back up. I think was when I became stage IV MBC because I was stressing out. Coloring is one of the things besides photography that relaxes me. I have over 50 adult coloring books, colored pencils, markers & gel pens. I use them all to color unless there is a picture on back side of the page. It is a lot of fun to do & you forget you where stressed. Most people think coloring is just for kids but not anymore.
I take the page out of the book & place on a clip board which I found out makes it easier to color in. You can be very creative when coloring & there is no wrong way to color. With coloring you can play with colors that you think normally do not go together & fine out the do. So next time you get stress trying coloring it does help. I have had my blood pressure taken before & after coloring what a difference it makes. My doctor even says it does help many people with stress. You can even get coloring apps they work just as well. Happy coloring, check out this link to see why coloring helps many people.
I am original from Long Island, NY. I was born & live there till I was 45. My husband & our cat Roxie moved to Raleigh, NC in 2011. Since then we moved to Zebulon, NC, been here 6 years. Things I miss from LI are the bagels, pizza & delis. We used to go fishing on the sound, which was the north shore. We live the most 30 mins from the sound & 10 mins from the beaches on the south shore. We would travel all the way to the east end for Montauk point, was great for fishing in the spring, summer or fall.
The one bad thing was the winter & the snow. Not like down here we did not close schools or companies. We did not panic when heard a storm was coming. We did get hit with hurricanes but we also did not panic. It was a fast pace state. When we said traffic we meant that you got stuck & did not move. You threw car in park most of the time, that was traffic. We had only to counties Nassau County & Suffolk County. My husband & I did not travel much. We did go to Connecticut, Rhode Island & NJ for our anniversary but since we had fur babies we did not travel much. That was go thing about Long Island was could do day trip & have a great day. We had everything pretty close to where we lived. If you ever get a chance to visit Long Island & go all the way to Montauk Light house. NYC is ok but Long Island is real nice place to visit.
Cancer can hit anyone, at any time. Does not matter if eat right, not drink, work out or smoke. I ate health & worked out but I got cancer. We are born with cancer genes, some of us the gene wakes up & others it does not. As a cancer Fighter/Warrior/Survivor I worry every time I have a pain or just not feeling right. This is the new normal when you have cancer. Yes, I go to the Oncologist office once or twice a month for blood work, treatments, or scans. I deal with many test but I just roll with the punches.
You can either live your life to the fullest or let cancer rule your life. I have chosen to live life to the fullest with a positive outlook. I do not dwell on my cancer but learned from it. I try to help others deal with their cancer. My cancer is going to kill me but while I am on this earth I will help as many people I can. Many people say I am an inspiration to them. I am just trying to live with my cancer & share my story to help others.
How I show my artistic eye is through my camera. I love to tell a story with my work. It is known as photojournalist. I want people to feel relaxed at their photo session. When a person is forced to pose away they are not use to or uncomfortable it shows in their face. So I tell them I am trying to tell their story of the moment. I love to have fun when I am at a photo session & it will show in my work.
My camera is my tool I use as an artist. People who make paintings use a paint brush. I walk around with my camera & things will just catch my eye I will stop to capture the moment. You never know what you will see threw the camera lens till you try. I could be driving around & just spot something amazing, out comes the camera to capture the moment. Check out my work for the beautiful arts of work.
So want to talk to you about what kind of cancer I fight every day. My cancer journey started back in 2018. May 1,2008 I was finally confirmed that I had breast cancer May 1,2008. On May 12,2008 I had my right breast removed cause was cancer in many spots. Following year had left removed because had a cyst & did not want take chance of cancer again. I was stage 1, in June 2011 I became re-staged to 2B for they have updated stage cause of size of my tumors. I did a chemo trial after surgery in June 2008. I was clear of cancer for 4.7 years. Dec 20th,2012 I went to Dr after not feeling great. I had test done & was called back same day to tell me the Breast Cancer spread to my liver. I became MBC/stage IV. Started treatment in 2013 & had IV Port put in for my birthday on Jan 4,21013 @ age 46. I started IV treatment. 2 years later Aug 22,2014 spread to my bones. I lost all my hair when started IV treatment in 2013 & since then I keep my head shaved to show women it is ok to be bald.
Yes, I am dying from my cancer but I try to live each day to the fullest. As long as there is a treatment for me to take I will stay alive. I am on oral chemo for life. MBC is going to kill me one day. Breast Cancer does not kill you but MBC does. I may not look sick to you but I am. I not only fighting cancer but I also have Fibromyalgia, DJD, osteoporosis from my cancer & arthritis. I do not want you to feel sorry for me or pity me, I just want to be treat like you treat others.
Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) is not a specific type of breast cancer, but rather the most advanced stage of breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). Many of you do not know what this is, so I am blogging about it.
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