Below are a few of the most memorable photos I’ve taken over the past 365 days. From capturing the resiliency of the human spirit at my job at Penn Rehab, experiencing childhood through my nieces eyes, enjoying year two as a crazy cat lady,crossing off items off my to-do list and watching two of my best friends walk down the aisle- it’s been a year for the books- photo books that is!
We all know I love T-Swift. Like I am certain we’d be best friends if somehow she just followed me on Twitter. However, now I have an even another reason to be her biggest fan.
Through my job as a communications specialist at a local rehab hospital in Philadelphia, I have the amazing opportunity to share the stories of patients who have endured unfathomable obstacles to regain their life. One amazing young woman blew me away with her story, zest for life, and dreams for the future.
At 23-years-old, Bethany Dahlstrom was diagnosed with cancer out of the blue. She’d just returned from England after earning her Masters Degree and was planning on applying for her PH.D in fall of 2014. Instead, for the end of 2014 into the first half of 2015, she spent 95 days in the hosptial fighting for first her life, and then her mobility after treatments left her immobile. Each day, she fought through the pain and stress to work out during three hour physical therapy sessions. She and her team cranked up the tunes as she worked on walking again to Taylor Swift. You can watch below how Taylor Swift helped her shake off cancer and regain her life.