I am not what I have done but what I have overcome
Courtney Jones (23) was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in February. Due to an infection in her stomach, the Dr’s had to amputate both her legs in order to save her life. Courtney epitomizes COURAGE. I didn’t know Courtney until her best friend Caroline (a remarkable person herself) called me to ask if I could photograph the first fundraiser she was organizing. Courtney spent 5 months in ICU at UCLA (thank you to the incredible staff especially Dr. Cryer) and 1 month in rehab.
After the first time you photographed me, you helped me realize that I am still beautiful. Since I used to be so comfortable in front of the camera to begin with, it meant a whole lot to me that you made me feel ok again in front of one. After my accident, having my head shaved and of course having lost my legs, you can see how it would be hard to feel beautiful again. Honestly, you really did make a difference to making me feel good.
You have a beautiful personality and a beautiful spirit and you really are so positive! I’m glad that you were brought into my life and I know we will be friends for a very long time.
Hopefully we can do another photoshoot one day so you can capture me again and another beautiful moment in my life.
My family of course feels the same way about you. They’re more than grateful that I have met someone who can help keep me positive in such a horrible time in my life. We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Keep doing what you’re doing. You made an amazing difference in my life and I know you can and will do in many others.
How can I not be inspired to do what I do when I meet such strong, positive, courageous people like Courtney. It means so much to me to see how she is able to appreciate life as it is, to know that her accident does not define her, and for me to know that I have an opportunity to empower Courtney to see herself differently.
This Saturday, Sept 21, The Golden Sisters, Michelangelo Hair House and 2BePositive will be holding a BakeSale – EmPower Courtney Campaign – from 9-5 at Michelangelo Hair House 19710 Ventura Blvd, #101, Woodland Hills, CA 91364. The goal is to raise the money to buy 2 prosthetic legs for Courtney. We appreciate your online donations. Let’s join together to help her get back on her feet! Courtney will be at the event, and is eager to share her story and show her appreciative for the support she has received from the community and anonymous donors – it just reinforces that each person does make a difference.
Seeing the determination and courage in Courtney is a beautiful reminder to all of us that no matter what happens in life, we can choose to be positive. It is so important not to assume or judge in life. Instead be curious, encourage people to approach one another and ask questions in order to understand and learn compassion. I am able to connect with others and help them be more comfortable with who they are. This ability lies at the foundation of 2BePositive and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to inspire children and adults who are willing to embrace their differences and share their stories through therapeutic photo-shoots in order to gain insight, self-esteem, strength and help other’s heal, connect, and break stigmas.
If you would like to tell your story, I would like to help you share it. I look forward to receiving your email at firstname.lastname@example.org and please leave a message for Courtney to show her your support.
Thank you Courtney for coming into my life.
With respect and admiration for your strength, courage and compassion,
Life happens – choose 2bepositive™