In the past 6 months, I’ve listened and photographed some amazing stories. Stories that fill you with hope and leave your jaw on the ground. Some I’ve kept private and some I have shared. This story knocked the wind out of me. To say that I feel honored or even worthy of telling this story through photographs is an understatement. But thank you for choosing me, Andy. Your courage, strength, determination and positive outlook is an inspiration.
In the next few photographs you will see Andy…out of the hospital for less than one week after surviving emergency brain surgery. He is the picture of a miracle and God’s work in progress.
I met Andy through the Bendora Wedding Gallery. He operates and owns Columbus Pro DJs….who I LOVE!!! I recommend them to every single bride I run into. When I got a call from him soon after the New Year asking for a session with his wife, I was so excited! Of course!! Then he told me the reasoning behind it….and I don’t think I could stop saying “Oh my gosh, Andy.” For at least 5 minutes.
That is one wicked badge of honor, isn’t it? It was incredibly emotional as Andy recalled his journey; from the initial seizure that could have killed him to today. Kim saved him by calling the paramedics in time. The initial prognosis was not good. Their surgeon was not positive. Kim told me that she’d google the cancers the surgeon thought it could be and would be devastated to see the low survival rates.
They decided to wait to have the surgery until after Christmas (just in case.) On December 26th, Andy was back in the hospital unexpectedly with another scare. He stayed there until his surgery on December 28th. What the surgeon found was the best possible outcome…they removed a clot believed to be a cavernous malformation. Pathology confirmed it was benign and cancer free. Andy was on the road to a full recovery.
Their sweet Ellie is their world. She was such a good girl!
Kim, you are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I’m so so happy I’ve had the chance to meet you! The love you two share is the kind people search a lifetime for. You two are one of kind.
Andy, my friend, I’m so thankful that you came out on the right side of this. You beat some pretty tough odds! I can’t thank you enough for choosing me to document this unforgettable time in your life. Cheers to you and Kim and many more healthy years!
ANDY + KIM (and Ellie too)
Together :: 28 years | Married :: 17 years | Clintonville, OH
KIM | Hometown :: Reynoldsburg | Fave Food :: Oh gosh this is a hard one. So many choices. Harvest pizza. Cherry goat cheese ice cream, most anything chocolate. Mostly sharing decadent desserts with Andy. And I love when we make s’mores in our fireplace. | Described by Andy :: kind, caring, sensitive, driven, compassionate
ANDY | Hometown :: Columbus, OH | Fave Food :: Too many to say, but a really nice prime steak with all the right sides is my splurge meal. | Described by Kim :: Sweet, loving, supportive, funny, loyal
Recovery Status :: Going great. Recovering at a record pace. Just saw the doctor for my first follow up and he seems to be impressed.