My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the fall of 2013. To separate myself from the dire reality of the situation, I began to observe and document his progression through the lens of my camera which offered a buffer from the infinite sadness I was coping with. This image is one of many in the series I created entitled "Sick", which chronicles the emotion and struggle that cancer diagnosis imposes on the patient and their loved ones.
Taken at Cancer Care Manitoba, where an angelic polar bear statue watches over those passing through its corridors, this photograph depicts my father's frail state as he waits for yet another round of radiation treatment. The image is dated and titled May 22, 2014, eight months into his diagnosis.
The resulting image is a poignant tribute to my father that manages to capture his indomitable essence while in a compromised state. It is a powerful image to showcase the bravery people encompass while fighting their greatest battle. Cancer may take one's strength but it will never take one's spirit.