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Summer’s Journey

What is the worst thing that could happen to you? You loose your money? You become paralyzed? What if your your child gets sick? I recently had a conversation with some friends about this, and we all agreed that the worst thing that could happen would be the inability to master our thoughts and emotions. Things happen in life that we can’t always understand nor control, but we can control how we react to it.

Summer is a 9 year old girl who is full of life, but who unexpectedly had to put her dreams on hold last year due to being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (or as I like to call it “a temporary bodily glitch”). Summer is a master of her emotions. Her life hasn’t taken a halt, it has simply taken a little detour… a path less travelled. She has embarked on the journey of her life, and with the tremendous physical, mental and spiritual challenges thrown at her everyday, she has become the most gracious, brave and humble young girl I have ever met.

Summer’s family decided to share Summer’s Journey and has through that received support from the most unexpected sources. When something like this happens, the best in us comes out… and that is what has helped this family stay hopeful and positive even during the darkest of days. Every little comment, prayer and donation has helped them in more ways than words can express. The kindness, compassion and the willingness to give of what we have is what it’s about to be a human being, right?

“Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is Magic.”

I believe that childhood memories should be made up of magical outdoor adventures and not sterile hospital beds, so I asked Summer if I could gift her a magical day, a day she could always come back to in her memory. Without hesitation, Summer and her family said that they would love to, and so it happened. Photography is so powerful and I am positive that having photos like this to look back on will help speed up the healing process. I am so grateful I got to share this day with Summer and her family as they are truly remarkable in every way. As I was driving home that evening I had tears in my eyes, tears from being so moved by the courage and wisdom of this young girl, tears of joy for being able to give them some light after all the darkness, and what a light it was!

We all have the ability to make someone’s life a little brighter. It doesn’t take much, we don’t do it enough, but it could mean the world to someone else. Isn’t life about paying it forward? Summer’s treatment is planned to continue until October 2018, but I believe she will be declared healthy much sooner than that. It’s obvious that she already believes she is almost free of disease because she made a wish at the hospital wishing tree the other week and it wasn’t to get well sooner… She wrote …

” I wish my sister Maja won’t ever have to go through something like this, stay happy “

To support Summer or to make a donation, visit the Facebook page Summer’s Journey , it has all the details in the top post on how you can help. They have set up Bank Accounts in both Sweden and Australia and every $1 helps. Special thanks also to Kim Newing at Mama Goddess for custom making Summer’s healing Mala Necklace without having met or heard of Summer before, such a gift. Thank you.

Heléne Johannesson - Vilka fantastiskt vackra bilder i en magisk skog med ett så härligt ljus. En vacker tjej som nästan ser vuxen ut i sitt uttryck och lillasyster som påminner på pricken av Lisabeth i Madicken (slående likhet). Hela familjem ser så härlig och mjuk ut och alla förgyller dina fina bilder. Magiskt.

Karolina - TACK för finaste bilderna! Du gjorde verkligen Summer glad. Ett minne för livet genom denna ibland overkliga tid. Många kramar från familjen Hews

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