Last weekend, my son had and allergic reaction and went into anaphlyaxis. I rushed him to the hospital where I was quickly pushed aside while an ER team immediately began working on him and ultimately, putting him on a ventilator. Once it was done and I could see even the doctor give a sigh of relief, my husband and I then awaited the arrival of the critical care team from our local children's hospital to transport him. It was then that I began to document what was happening in photos. I needed to. I've said many times that my camera has been my saving grace. I couldn't do anything else at that time and it was the only thing I felt I had any control over.
Fortunately, my son made a quick and complete recovery and once we were home, I uploaded my photos into a set on Flickr. I wanted to share them and I was hesitant at first because I wasn't sure how people would respond to the rawness of the photos, but I wanted, needed, for others to see, to understand. I then shared them on a Facebook allergy page that I follow regularly. The owner of the page contacted me and asked if she could share them with others because she thought it was important to do so. I said yes and didn't give it another thought.
Immediately my inbox began filling up with messages from people all over the country that I did not know. Some shared their similar stories with me, others just wanted to tell me that they were glad everything had turned out okay, but all of them thanked me for sharing my photos with them. It was at that moment that I knew I did the right thing. As of this writing, those 10 photos have been viewed over 4500 times.
How many times have you taken a photo that really didn't mean much to you but to someone else it meant so much more? How many times have you heard, Oh my gosh, I love that photo! Can I have it?! I've said many times that I believe everyone brings their own medicine to this world. Next time one of your photos touches someone, take a moment and realize that perhaps your photography is your medicine, too.
Today, share those photos that have may have been your medicine...to you or to someone else.