Today, the team at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction is honored to share with you an In Her Words interview with professional photographer Susan Lloyd. Susan works closely with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry as their events photographer.
Read below for our interview with Susan.
1. Tell us your story. How were you introduced to the breast cancer community?
I’ve had an interest in photography for most of my life, but never took it seriously until about twelve years ago. I shot professionally for a time, took another job for a few years, then came back to photography. I just couldn’t put the camera down! I started shooting professionally again just a few years ago and have an entirely new appreciation for the craft of photography. In all honesty, I can’t think of another thing I would want to pursue, career wise. Oddly enough, though, I studied music education in college, and the first time I came face to face with breast cancer was during that time, over twenty years ago. A hall mate who became a very close friend of mine our freshman year started college the same year her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For our whole college career her mom battled the disease, and it had a huge impact on my friend. Just a few years after graduation, her mother passed. I remember thinking of all the things she was going to miss- her daughter’s wedding, grandchildren, retirement- and how it seemed she was robbed of so much by something that seemed so senseless. In recent years, I’ve had several friends and one family member diagnosed with breast cancer.
These women are all still living, and living proof that breast cancer awareness, advances in early detection, and more sophisticated treatments ARE making a difference. But it wasn’t until this past year when I got involved with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry that I really became aware of how far reaching the breast cancer community is. Patients, family members, concerned citizens- so many people who have been impacted by breast cancer, have come together in support of each other and to continue to move forward towards a cure for all women who are diagnosed.