the light that shines, a “must see” video & a story

i found this beautiful, absolutely beautiful, incredibly powerful,  story on my friend marsha’s blog & knew i wanted to share it with you.

in the words of the highly accredited photographer sue bryce,

Jill Bzreznski-Conley came to me via a message from a life long friend Nikki Closser. Her story is both remarkable and life changing. Her only request of me was to help tell her story to the world. With the help of creativeLIVE and social media we were able to shout out to as many people as we could to help share this story. To educate the world better about Breast Cancer. To change the face of Breast Cancer, and in Jill’s own words to Help Women. Even ONE WOMAN. Not because she was only 32 when she was diagnosed and had a double mastectomy, and her battle has been fierce and brutal. Not because bone cancer now has the upper hand, but because all she wants is to help others. This remarkable young women will change the way you live.”

you can see some of sue’s blog posts about jill here & here & another post about jill’s story here

the following images are obviously sue’s.

we can be touched by amazing portraiture, iconic images of paris and glamorous gowns but when those intersect with a stunningly gorgeous , dynamic woman and her vulnerable story as she battles the beast of cancer and vows to make a difference for “even just one woman” i think we can all champion her on! please share jill’s story! ( rumor has it oprah’s on to it!)

January 30, 2013 - 9:01 am

Gina - Oh Paige, thank you so much for sharing this amazing beautiful story. I sobbed through the entire video.

January 30, 2013 - 10:09 am

Sophia - These images are stunning! One of my friends was just diagnosed this week with breast cancer that has spread to her ribs, shoulders and spine, she is also a mommy to a 7 month old. To say that this has been devastating news is putting it mildly. We move forward alongside her continuing not only looking straight ahead but focusing above and praying and trusting in our Savior for healing and strength. I’d be lieing if I said it hasn’t left me a little wrecked here.

Thank you for posting some encouragement Paige

January 30, 2013 - 10:41 am

courtney defeo - paige – so glad you shared. consider one life touched. simply inspiring.

January 30, 2013 - 10:55 am

Mary Anne - What a breathtakingly gorgeous woman she is! This video is a true work of art and you can see her beauty, strength and love from inside shine through! Powerful. Prayers for her.

January 30, 2013 - 11:32 am

patty - as i sit here, with the rain pouring down, suffering my own little pity party, i find this. what an amazing, inspiring story. God has a way of speaking to me when i need it most. thank you for sharing. i kicked all my pity party friends out and i’m off to start my day with a better attitude. praying for her, and the women she hopes to touch.

January 30, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Diane - Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
Stay safe today my friend.

January 30, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Cindy Hayden - An absolutely beautiful young woman, and the video & pictures tell her story perfectly. Thank you for sharing this very inspirational story. Blessings to all…

January 30, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Christy - OMG! Paige this was unbelievable, so touching. I am bawling like a baby
My best friend has Breast Cancer she’s in remission but just recently found out she has liver cancer. This has touched me tremendously I have emailed her the link to the video. What a beautiful woman and the pictures are beautiful as is her attitude.

January 30, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Peggy - Thank you for sharing Jill’s story! You see this is the story of my friend Cyndi… the breast cancer, then bone cancer… Cyndi taught high school English in a tiny school in Alaska… she was a mother, a friend, a drama coach, a confidant to her husband, and a encourager to all who knew her. She passed away 3 weeks after the school year ended…. it truly rocked our community of 300! So thank you!

January 30, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Janet Lawson - Such a touching and moving story of a beautiful and courageous woman…And what a devoted and loving husband..

January 30, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Jan - Very touching and moving. A powerful message. Thanks for sharing her story. I’ll surely pass it on to many. The world should know. My prayers are with her.

January 30, 2013 - 8:38 pm

tara - powerful story.
Prayers for her and Bart…..
Hoping that her story continues to be shared…..

January 30, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Destiny - Moved to tears and touched beyond words.

January 30, 2013 - 10:21 pm

LLH Designs - OH. MY. GOODNESS. I was so not prepared for the story behind those beautiful photographs and that gorgeous dress, but WOW am I touched and changed because of it. Thank you for sharing, and God bless her for having the courage to speak her story.

January 31, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Tammie - Oh Paige, I wasn’t ready for that, Wow, she is so so Beautiful inside and out as you have shown us. What a strong woman and wonderful husband. You have just inspired so many by passing this and she has inspired so many by allowing this video to be shared. Tears streaming, however it is just a post that will never be forgotten. Thank you Paige.

January 31, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Alecia - That story & video was absolutely beautiful. I pray God shows doctors what seems incurable is curable with Him!!! She’s a lovely lady inside & out…I pray other women who have gone through the same struggles can feel just as beautiful & inspired.

January 31, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Maddie - So in love with this story! What a beautiful woman and so inspiring.

January 31, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Holly - thank you for sharing this inspiring story…

February 2, 2013 - 2:22 am

Nikki Closser - Paige, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this! 🙂

February 20, 2013 - 9:07 pm

Debbie - Thank you for sharing this. I just found your blog today.

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