My name is Tammy "TAZ" I would love to help you capture your memories.
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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I have been doing photography from a young age. I am an old-school photographer, using film.
So the reason I choose to get back into photography is cause I have an artistic eye for things. I see the beauty that most people do not see. With the camera, I can tell a story about what I am seeing with pictures instead of words. I carry my camera almost every time I walk out the door cause never know what I will see & be like wow. Photography gets me out & about in nature.
I went back to school to learn digital photography which helps me getting into photography professional. I am loving using my creativity in my photography business.
Photography helps me show others the beauty they do not know they have in themselves. So let me help capture your inner beauty.