This is a family bonded not only by blood, but by love, by laughter, by suffering, and perhaps, most importantly, by Christ.
I am so honored that I was able to photograph them while they were all in town. You see, Iris was diagnosed on April 12th with a glioblastoma multiforme; she has stage four brain cancer. She is receiving treatment at Duke here in North Carolina, and her children came from near and far to be close to her at this time. She has chosen to have the most aggressive treatment available, and they wanted a family photo before she undergoes chemo and radiation.
So why I am telling all this to you?
Pray. Then pray some more. This diagnosis is daunting for Iris, and everybody who loves her. When she comes to mind, pray for her healing. Pray for her family. Pray for her doctors.
“I find it hard to live by faith and confide entirely in God, when the way is dark before me. But if the way were plain and easy, where would be the room for confidence in God?” [ann judson. missionary to burma. 6 may 1813.]