I am...


I am...
  • a daughter
  • a wife
  • a sister
  • a friend
  • a nanny
  • a fashion blogger
  • a photographer
  • Einstein's adopted mom
Like most women (well, people in general), I am a lot of things. One thing that I always was, until recently, was healthy (about 99% of the time). However, after having strange joint pain and swelling that jumped around my body for two months, leaving me in constant pain and feeling frustrated because I didn't know why it kept happening, I finally got my answer from my doctors. At the end of March, I was diagnosed with lupus. I feel lucky because I was diagnosed quickly (some people go years before being diagnosed!) and the medication seems to be helping reduce my symptoms. Although lupus isn't curable at this time, it is treatable, so I am hopeful that the medication will keep me from having too many major issues in the future.

I wasn't sure whether to share this on here, as it's a blog about my business, but as a photographer - my business is also about me as a person. Plus, I wanted to mention it because until I was diagnosed, I didn't even really know what lupus WAS (according to lupus.org's website I wasn't the only one - it's estimated that 80% of people know little to nothing about the disease) - and May has been designated Lupus Awareness Month. If you have a minute, it would mean a lot to me if you'd click here to sign the petition to help raise awareness of lupus.

I also wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone for their support of my photography (and my friends/family/husband for their support of me, especially recently), it really means a lot. Thank you for reading my blog, for allowing me to document your lives, and for supporting me as I chase my dreams. I appreciate it more than you know.


mindy myers said...

oh, jen. you are so dear. i look forward to seeing you blossom as a photographer. you definitely have the eye and the heart for it. :)

Jen Madigan Photography said...

Mindy - thank you so much for your comment, it really means a lot to me. You're the best. <3