From Breast Cancer Diagnosis to Thriving in Bikini Competitions | Blythewood, SC

The second recipient of my Breast Cancer Survivor Giveaway also has a great story. Meet Irene Scott who was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2014. She made her discovery while administering a self-exam. Irene resides in the Charlotte, NC area and drove down for her session. We met in Blythewood at Doko Meadows Park. She was so great to work with and had a lovely personality that you can see in her smile. I enjoyed getting to know her during her portrait session.

After being diagnosed with DCIS stage 1 breast cancer and having multiple surgeries Irene initially struggled with the disease. A one-time control freak is now dealing with something with she couldn’t control. “I was that mom that had everything in order and had everything in its place. I was a very neat, clean and highly organized person.“ said Irene. Since then she has began to enjoy the simplest of things such as having a morning cup of coffee and watering her plants.


 Photo by: Henry Jones Photography (www.henryjonesphotography.com

I am determined to not only live but enjoy my best life.

Treatment & chasing dreams

During her treatments Irene endured a double mastectomy and two reconstruction surgeries. She was fortunate that chemotherapy or radiation wasn’t in her treatment plan. Radiation therapy is rarely given to women treated with mastectomy for DCIS.

Eventually, she decided to have her reconstructed breast removed. “I didn’t know any better and somehow felt so attached to my non-cancerous breast,” Irene said. At the end of 2017, Irene decided to shift her focus to her health and bodybuilding. She began pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming physically fit and having 6-pack abs. Irene decided to focus her energy on her workouts. After very intense training and giving 100% effort, she continued to endure some challenges. Her challenges couldn’t hold her back, it only made her more confident in her appearance and gave her an ‘I can do anything attitude .“ 


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“I had the strength to not allow Breast Cancer to take over my life & a constant reminder that I am stronger mentally”

The meaning behind Irene’s Celtic Symbol for Strength tattoo


Transformation & Thriving

After six months of training twice a day & 7 days a week her body transformed. “I loved what I saw. I felt like a total bad girl. If I could get through cancer, 2 mastectomies, 2 breast reconstructions and numerous doctor’s appointments I could surely eat lean chicken, drink protein shakes, and drink over a gallon of water each day.” Since this physical change she felt so much stronger and healthier.

In April 2018, she competed in her first bikini fitness bodybuilding competition. She competed in several categories in the 2018 NPC Charlotte Cup. Irene’s hard work paid off and she finished in 2nd Place Masters 45 Plus category. Two months later Irene competed in the 2018 NPC Victory Classic she once again finished in 2nd Place Masters 45 Plus category.

After her first two competitions Irene kept training and eating right to get her body ready for her next competition. Almost a year since her last competition she participated in the NPC Lenda Murray Classic. This time she finished on top with first-place finishes in the Masters 45 Plus and Novice Class B categories.

However, Irene is not done yet and plans to continue to compete. Until her next competition she is continuing to keep in shape and continuing to live a grateful fulfilling lifeShe is a true example of beating cancer, surviving, thriving and living her best life.  



Irene’s Competition Results

NPC Charlotte Cup

2nd Place Masters Over 45

8th Place Class E

NPC Victory Classic

2nd Place Masters Over 45

5th Place Class C

4th Place Masters Over 40

NPC Border Klash

8th Place Masters Over 45

NPC Lenda Murray Classic

1st place Masters Over 45

1st place Novice Class B

4th place Class B

© Photo by Dan Ray


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Zachary C. Senior Session | Columbia, SC

This is the year that everyone dreams about since they start school. Everyone dreams about their senior year of school. This is the year where you are the top dog, you are looked up by underclassmen and you get to decide on your future.

Back in September, I had the pleasure of capturing the intial senior photos for Zachary C. (Zach). He will be graduating member of the Class of 2019 from Spring Valley High School.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The way session came about was from a casual conversation I had with his mother Bridgette. I’ve known her for several years and asked how he was doing. She mentioned this was his senior year and I suggested the senior session. She agreed with having the 2 Seasons Senior Package that I am offering.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The session was held at two separate locations in downtown Columbia. We began on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and ending on the South end of downtown Main Street. Zach was great in front of the camera and when he got stomped during the session he came up with a brilliant idea. With the help of his cell phone, he called a friend to explain to them what he was doing so his poses would look natural. That helped us capture some great images while he was on his phone call. This young teen provided so much swag and fun to the session. I can't wait to capture his second session next year to see what else we can create.

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8 Sigma Beta Club Members Honored | Columbia, SC

The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter held a Bleutillion Recognition Program for the Beta Sigma Club members which was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The recognition program was held at the Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center. The program was held with an audience of family, friends, and brothers of Phi Beta Sigma.  Brother Richard Boone, State Director for South Carolina Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was the speaker for the event.

History of the Sigma Beta Club

The Sigma Beta Club is a youth affiliated group for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The Sigma Beta Club was founded in 1950 by Dr. Parlette L. Moore.  Brother Moore was concerned about the changing needs in the black communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth. Sigma Beta Club is a mentoring program sponsored by the men of a local fraternity chapter. The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter established the Sigma Beta Club on February 19, 2011.

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today's society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.

Headshots

In July I received a call from my fraternity Brother Marion Wright. He inquired about having headshot’s taken for a few Sigma Beta Club member for an upcoming event. I was excited to have the opportunity to take these portraits. He let me know that was having a meeting with these young men at the Richland County Public Library on North Main Street so we decided to have them taken there. The meeting was to discuss the upcoming Bluetillion. What is a Bluetillion you might ask? A Bluetillion is a Sigma Beta gala presenting young men to the community. While taking their portraits I was able to have a brief conversation with each club member individually. I was impressed by the maturity these young men displayed.

In Conclusion

I would recommend having your young men to become a member of the Sigma Beta Club. With all the issues that young men have in America today it would be beneficial for them have mentorship. Having a mentor that looks like you helps them know they can do anything in life. Mentorship helps young men stay on track with education, and help with their future plans. Young men with mentors have a higher graduation rate, improves their interpersonal skills, and decreased the likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use. Get your young men involved and see the benefits in him.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.

 

Sigma Beta Club Members

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Isaiah Bowman

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Carson Alexander Spencer

Dreher High School - 12th Grade

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Zamahray Kelley

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Jo'Nathan D. Turkvan

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Sean Wise

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Marcellus Charles Lewis

Irmo High School - 9th Grade

Malachi Everette Lewis

Irmo High School - 10th Grade

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Tyre David Brown

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