Meet Bridget, a breast cancer survivor who answered the call for a glamour session at our studio in Greater Annapolis area. Bridget came in for her consultation and told me the story about her Royal Cloak. I knew that we had to have it in our photo session. Here in her own words is what she had to say:
“What Queen doesn’t have a Royal Cloak? I am fortunate enough to have a Cloak of Many Colors. Several years ago (prior to my Breast Cancer diagnosis) my friends started referring to me as “Queen Bridget”. I would love to speak in a British accent while I was sipping on a glass of wine. They said I sounded just like the “Queen”. On one of my visits to the Eastern Shore at my sister-in-law’s home where I am always surrounded by an amazing group of friends, I was given the gift of a lifetime. My sister-in-law had arranged for a coronation for me to make it official. (Official in the sense that we say it is). There was a scroll that declared that on that day I was officially to be known as “Queen Bridget”. I was presented with a scepter and a homemade crown. But the greatest and most precious gift was my cloak. What I didn’t know was that several months prior my friends were asked to donate an article of clothing to one of the ladies in our group who is the most talented seamstress. She worked her magic and created a cloak with the names embroidered on their respective fabric. It is truly a work of art and a keepsake to be cherished for the rest of my life. When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer I already knew that I was going to have the best support group a “Queen” could ask for. They are forever my royal family”
I am reminded of the movie, “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” a movie of 4 women who remained true and loyal to each other throughout their lives. What better gift than the gift of oneself to another friend. A girl who has many loyal and loving friends as Bridget does is wealthy beyond measure. But then again, I could see why! She literally lives up to her name. (I looked it up!)
Bridget or Brigid is a Gaelic/Irish female name derived from the noun brígh, meaning “power, strength, vigor, virtue”. An alternate meaning of the name is “exalted one”.
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My sister Laura Bruce is a walking miracle. She was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer about 14 years ago. The first oncologist told her to start doing her bucket list, which I believe was the worst possible thing a doctor could say to a patient. Well that lit 🔥 in my sister and she got a second opinion and the doctor gave her hope. She had a double mastectomy and was told she was cured. A year later at my parents 5oth anniversary I saw my sister limping as we were walking up the hill to our cars. I asked her about it and she said she was not sure and had made an appointment with the doctor to check it out. Unfortunately the cancer had spread to her hip and liver. She was diagnosed with bone cancer. Because she had a small cancer spot in her liver she qualified for the medical trial for herceptin. That was over 13 years ago and my sister is a walking miracle whose has no self fans of cancer. She is a talented artist at the Lorton Art center in Lorton Virginia which used to be Lorton prison. Her art work is amazing. She is happily married and has an 18 year old son. She is a true survivor and to see her you would never know that she has cancer. She is a beautiful woman inside and out.
Thank you for sharing your story. What a positive outcome!!
Bridget, i.e. BUNNY, is one of the most glowing and wonderful women I know. She is a warrior QUEEN!
What a beautiful story! How wonderful for her to have these gorgeous images to share and treasure. A great legacy to pass on to loved ones.
XOXO you look Gorgeous my Queen!!!
Bridget, you are a beautiful woman! I am your mother’s cousin and she, my sister and I grew up together… in Chambersburg. We were a month apart and looked like triplets and were asked if we were all the time. I loved her so much, but she had a troubled life. My mother moved us to California in 1962 and I lost touch with her. God bless you and your family! ~~ Jerri