Warm wishes

It’s end of the year and the final days of 2013 and I’d love to wish everyone a very happy holidays  and a wonderful and inspirational new year.

The  past year has been so intense both professionally and personally, an amazing year filled with wonderful encounters, stories, emotion, art, photographs, music, dance, …

I made this little video with some of these encounters and it’s a fun and different way, well my way of saying happy 2014.

Schermafbeelding 2013-12-13 om 10.03.47

Yet while I’m writing this, I’m very conscious that not everybody had a great or interesting year and will still have hard times ahead of them. In particular I’m thinking of a fellow photographer Tom.

Tom has been documenting the hellish road he, his wife and their two babies are on. (His blog is only in Dutch but you can see his wonderful photographs and get the point for sure) While 6 months pregnant Tom’s wife Lore got diagnosed with acute leukemia and is still undergoing intensive treatment. She delivered a wonderful baby boy Kamiel, a cute baby brother for their first child Leon. And now, on top of all this… little Kamiel is very sick as well and his life fragile and at the moment in control of lots of machines.

My dad passed away over 20 year ago due to leukemia as well and that, together with Tom’s story, made me decide to finally become a stem cell donor in the past year. I do hope you’ll take the time as well to consider informing yourself about this and possibly signing up to become a donor too.

So I just wanted to send a special message of strength and light out to Tom and his family. I’m thinking of you, together with so many of your family, friends and strangers like myself and I hope it makes you feel a little less alone.

Happy new year everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Warm wishes

  1. slik… Wendy
    Merci hiervoor. Je omschrijft het heel intens, Hoe kan ik je bedanken. Een link naar jouw beelden op de blog zou je extra kijkers geven, wat je verdient want je maakt geweldige reportages vol respect en diep diep geloof in onze mensheid. Ik maak me een mooi eindejaarsblogje, maar wil dit goed plaatsen.

    Ik wens je dromen vol kracht en inzet, Doordoen waarmee je bezig bent.
    xxx

    • Lieve Tom, heel heel graag gedaan! En absoluut geen dank nodig hoor.
      Ik vind het ontroerend hoe jij je leven en de weg van je gezin in beeld en woorden weergeeft. Het roert mijn hart elke keer en buiten af en toe een woordje van steun kan ik alleen maar blijven herhalen hoe belangrijk het is om stamcel donor te worden… Het is niet veel, maar alle beetjes helpen hé.
      En jij ontzettend bedankt voor jouw mooie woorden over mijn werk. Zeer gewaardeerd en hartelijk ontvangen. Ik wens jullie uit het diepst van mijn ziel een heel gelukkig, gezond en hartelijk nieuw jaar toe!

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