Photography by Karen Savignon Photography
Make Up- Emily Peterson
Selected Wardrobe Pieces- KS Little Closet
Beautiful, Positive, High Spirit. She is Beauty Revived. Meet Brooke.
I heard a little about Brooke when her school Chaplain that asked us to pray for her, days later I found an email from her mom requesting info about senior sessions. I sent the information not knowing that it was the same girl’s story that had touched my heart. When her mom replied and told me that her daughter was in cancer treatment, I connected the dots. I meet her and heard her story and right away knew that she is a Beauty Revived.
Brooke’s story is about trusting God at all times.
In summer 2013 Brooke started having trouble eating making her gag and sometimes vomit. The doctor suggested concealing. This upset Brooke as she got the impression that he automatically thought, “Teenage girl with an eating disorder”. The doctor did agree to do some testing, but all tests came back negative.
Brooke was then referred to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. More negative tests. For about one year Brooke grew worse, but continued with school and activities while keeping a positive attitude.
In the summer of 2014 Brooke move from Montana to Texas. A third opinion pegged her again with an eating disorder. The day after that appointment Brooke was so ill she was rushed to the ER. The doctor asked her parents if they ever saw her vomit, and when they confirmed they had, she ordered a chest x-ray. The x-ray showed a narrow esophagus, but also a mass near the heart and lungs. Further testing revealed Achalasia, which causes the sphincter to remain closed and not allow food into the stomach, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Brooke was in the hospital for over a week dealing with biopsies, CT scans, blood tests, PET scans, and poking and prodding. Doctors worried that due to the Achalasia, Brooke’s breathing would be compromised during surgery, but they assured her and her parents they were prepared and would terminate the surgery at the first sign of problems. Contrary to every CT scan, the camera used during surgery showed a normal sized trachea. Surgery for the Achalasia was a success.
Through all of this Brooke knew God would get her through. Of course, there were some tears, but she remained positive and the hospital staff commented on her wonderful attitude.
After her first round of chemo, she went home from the hospital sick, sore, and exhausted. She tried going to school, but was too worn out. Despite missing out on activities her Senior year, her spirits remained high.
Brooke’s first PET scan showed a large mass, shaped like a rubber ducky. Just before her 2nd round of chemo she had another PET scan. No changes were expected. When the doctor reviewed the 2nd scan with Brooke, she was excited saying, “This never happens. The mass is gone. This is a God thing.” Brooke, however, still had to finish her chemo treatments.
Brooke began losing her hair about 3 weeks into treatment and decided to cut it short. Sometime later she shaved it all off. She is beautiful and goes out with no hat at times. People stare but she doesn’t let it bother her. She just smiles.
Brooke loves making cupcakes and enjoys sharing them with her church family and her friends at school. She considered opening a Cupcake business in the future but now believes she would like to be an RN or a teacher. No matter what her future holds, she will let God lead her as she tries spreading happiness wherever she goes.
About the photographer
I’m Karen, owner of Karen Savignon Photography in the big and hot state of Texas! I love traveling and so does my camera, together along with my sister had visit more than 20 countries. 7 years ago I started my photography business with seniors. I love to capture their personality, dreams, hopes and happiness. Seniors are unique and that’s what I love about them. When I’m not traveling or capturing moments, I enjoy reading and playing the piano.