This picture was one of the very first photos I had taken when I had just gotten my first DSLR camera. In November of 2019, I took it outside of the sunshine room on the oncology unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. These bunnies love to hop around outside the windows of the main floor, and I remember always looking for them through the windows. When this photo was taken, it was still early in my journey with cancer. The sunshine room is at the end of one of the wings on the unit, and it’s a magical place. There is a tv for the older kids with a bunch of video games to play, there are boardgames, and tons of toys for kids to play with. Pizza nights on Wednesdays were held in the sunshine room. I met a young girl there one day, and we played Monopoly with her dad. She may not know it, but she will always hold a special place in my heart. I had a lumbar puncture immediately after our game and had just gotten out of my room after a long few days of chemo infusions where I wasn’t allowed to leave my room. Seeing her smile made my week.
Now, I have this picture framed above my bed. It’s a reminder of how far I’ve come, and the beauty that can somehow find its way out of complete chaos. I’ve taken thousands of photos, but this one sits the closest to home.