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My grandmother is a survivor of many things, the most recent being breast cancer. She was always full of life, beautiful and a woman to be reckoned with but her battle with cancer seemed to snuff some of that joie de vive and part of her was lost. This picture was taken at an event following her last batch of radiation treatments. I had been watching her all day and suddenly she burst into uncontrollable laughter and I had to grab my camera. I showed this to her later to remind her of who she is inside, regardless of what happened on the outside and she was very touched. On an important side note, I really liked this photo because you can see how protective my grandfather is.

Please note that my grandmother passed away on April 13, 2007
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Given 2007-03-06
Surviving by $Moonbeam13. I've selected this as part of International Women's Week 2007. To me this image captures a beautiful moment filled with pure love and affection, from both sides of the camera. When I first saw the image I felt privilidged to have viewed it through Danie's eyes. If you read the image description the story behind this picture becomes clear and you too should be proud to have shared this moment. ( Featured by fourteenthstar )
Critique by Icydoesminecraft Sep 25, 2013, 3:40:59 PM
This is so beautiful....It made me cry..but in a good way! I'm so sorry your grandmother died. *sniff* I'm not being nice, I'm doing what you deserve. I'm so sorry. This was sooooooo beautiful now, don't take this as offence, I can't upload this without 100 word minimum.

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there we go. That was just because It wouldn't let me submit this.
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This photograph shows extreme emotion that can be everlasting for those who view it, especially you and your family. To see someone smile for the first time in what feels like forever is bittersweet, and I dearly love the meaning put into this photograph. Also, the way that you say in your description that you showed it to your grandmother to make her see that she is still the same on the inside was very heartwarming and I adore how the photograph just seems perfect, even more so once we as readers get to see the story.

May your grandmother rest in peace.
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Ikonokl4st Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and full of sensitivity! Congratulations for this well deserved DD!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loving photo. (and your Grandmother had very nice skin I might add!! )  I'm so sorry for such a great loss to your family. :heart:
JMDGraphX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
In the most simple terms, that's what it's all about...
Farand Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
This photograph is so heartwarming, and then the description is so poignant... So overall, it leaves one with a bittersweet taste in the mouth. I am, like everyone else who commented here, very sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. But what a lovely tribute to her this photo is! :hug:
BrennsArtAttic Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic to see such beautifull inner joy coming out after such an ordeal...hope she is doing better ;) Its s lovely Picture :)
pelle131313 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a beatiful story.. gets me emotional Sweating a little... .. We have a lot of cancer in the family

Sorry to hear about her passing Heart 
MirellaSantana Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Its history and this photo ... touched my heart! 
MoonstarTheStrange Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this. The story was just so beautiful, with the detail put into describing that one moment I felt like I was there too. 
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconlovepinkplz:.....:iconbravoplz:...awesome sauce!!
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Real warm fuzzies going around there! Lovely! I actually started
to water!!! I nearly shed a tear after reading that description... so emotionally
moving!!!! Almost Nothing Makes me cry!

Very well captured peice! But don't make me cry again please
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: Thank you for your words :)
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear :hug: This photograph, along with your description, has touched my heart in many levels! :dalove:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Photographer
may-flower-smile Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I'm so sorry for your lose. :S
penguinlover98 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BlueHorse17 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Sorry for the loss.
xTechnologiic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Best wishes to you and her! This photo just warms my heart, I love it! It's almost a tearful kind of happy :heart:
ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This piece is truly a great tribute to your grandmother may I dared say an heirloom that's to be pass on to generations to come...
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I mean every word, please, please keep creating
skashian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
god bless her
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
nikki-ns Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that you captured this moment
Camelia-07 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Can I draw it?
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, Id love to see it when you're done :)
Camelia-07 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You captured the image perfectly, it will be a great reference! :heart:
VeroniCake Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This photo is so touching and I would like to add it to my group, with your permission.
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
feel free :)
VeroniCake Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You very much.
TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
this gave me chills, you are part of who she is too.
ahmARtell15 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
hey!! =D
i hope you don't mind but i've featured this wonderful photo in my news article: [link]

have a great day!!! =D
AngelofGod87 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I wish my gram would laugh like that again... she's a breast cancer survivor, but it seems like the cancer took something from her.
One thing I learned, treasure the happy moments.

alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is so touching and in so many ways. A gorgeous capture of a wonderful moment. May your grandmother rest in peace. :hug:
Xcrossfire07 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
wow. thats an amazing picture with a story to match.
im sorry to hear about your grandmother passing away. she looks like a strong, passionate woman, who is a joy to be around and a blessing to have in ones family.
i know what its live to be affected by a cancer, seeing as many members of my family have passed away due to cancer. at the age of 14, im now having to suffer becuase of my mum's agressive brain cancer, and were not sure if she will pull through.

though i will say that people with a cancer are so full of joy and love~ they are the people who truly apreciate life and can make someone so happy (:

may your grandma rest in peace :heart:
silentvisitor Featured By Owner May 3, 2008   Digital Artist
reading this and seeing this image of your family has made me cry, bless her and your grandfather.
thank you for sharing that special moment with us.

if you don't laugh you cry.
never forget in darkness there is light and you will see her again. ;)

Harmina Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
very truth! :)
Lauraest Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
You have captured this beautifully!!
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :)
jshapeshifter Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Life itself is often a very gentle terminal illness........only to be cured and extended by true love in all it's glory.....
Dani-Sunshine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Photographer
This one honestly made me cry.
Funny thing, cancer...funny that...such a horrible thing can bring out the strongest in its victims.
PeterLovelock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
hi there. this is beautiful - great work.she looks a wonderful woman!

my parents are pretty frail now - their passing could be at any moment - i wanna take photos of them all the time, but afraid my motives might be too obvious.

thanks for all the da work you do - its very much appreciated!

CapturedCosmicDebris Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Very emotional - and touching. Wonderful photograph, wonderful composition!
Ipnorospo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
:hug: beautiful shot my darling, she's surely pleased of it :hug:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
She was :)
Ipnorospo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
life is not ending with death ;) at least i always feel my parents near everytime, so she IS and not was ;) i noticed your note and i said IS intentionally
Aukon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
Some of the most amazing captures I've seen, to go with the very interesting story. I really like it. :nod:
sonjalv Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very Right!
My prayers go out to you!
My mother had passed when i was 23 to Cancer and yes,we never knew ,she found out fast and The lord wasted no time taking her,but she had a few months with us,and my father was just like your grampa!
unconditional LOVE!
But her strngth is with in me foever!
stampingqueen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I added this to my favorites list as a reminder to myself that no matter what life throws at you laughter makes you feel lighter. She looks like she was an amazing and strong woman. You were so blessed to have someone like her in your life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and touching moment with everyone. :hug:
jerianna Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
Aww, I really like this. :)
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