More Than Our Scars: Elisa del Rosario

More Than Our Scars

Earlier this year, Michael Rosenberg Photography partnered with Susan G Komen Puget Sound to create the portrait series, More Than Our Scars, which aimed to redefine breast cancer and its survivors. During this portrait series we met eleven incredible women and heard parts of their stories through interview. Read along and learn about these strong, beautiful women and their journey thus far.

We will be releasing a new story every Sunday with images from their sessions and behind the scenes images. Also, we will be releasing more behind the scenes videos as we complete them. So keep an eye out on our facebook and instagram pages for more!

 

Interview with Elisa del Rosario

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

My name is Elisa del Rosario.

Why did you join this portrait project, More Than Our Scars, with Michael Rosenberg Photography?

When I was diagnosed I didn’t know anyone who had been diagnosed, especially anyone who looked like me. So, I said yes to the portrait project. I was diagnosed in 2006 after skipping one mammogram. In the Asian community and the African American community, disease is not something you talk about openly. I didn’t know anyone at the time who had breast cancer nor did I have anyone to talk to. And, I thought it was important for, particularly women of color, to see a survivor and see someone like me whose cancer was found early and got treated. Now, it’s ten years later and I’m now healthy and thriving!

What message do you have for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer?

I would say to never lose hope, stay positive, keep your sense of humor, and keep looking forward to getting well because you will be well.

Who would you say was your biggest support through all of this? Were there any surprises, people you weren’t expecting to help or?

Wow. I couldn’t have done this without my husband Michael. He is my rock. He brought a great sense of humor and kept us laughing through it all. I pushed through, surrounding myself with positive energy. The experience helped me to set boundaries, to say no, and to focus on getting myself taken care of first. You have to help yourself before you can help others.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?

So, I think being diagnosed with cancer reminded me…it just puts everything into perspective and it taught me to slow down and to really take care of myself. That I’m not able to take care of others if I don’t put myself first. It gave me permission to put myself first and just love myself.

Why do you support Komen Puget Sound?

Komen Puget Sound provides funding for medically underserved women. Those who wouldn’t necessarily know about getting mammograms or know any of the risk factors for breast cancer. They work really hard to reach women and provide the services they need, help them become more aware of how to stay healthy and how to prevent breast cancer. Their mission is to bring education and services particularly to women of color and the poor, to be advocates for the under-served and that is what drew me to them.

Working with Komen gave me a voice in a community that doesn’t much talk about disease. Usually, these women are too focused on day to day survival for themselves and their family to focus on themselves. I was able to be an example of someone who found out early, got treatment and could help people find resources. Especially because healthcare can be low on the scale of necessities with the lower income folks.

Last Question, how did you feel about your session today for the More Than Our Scars project with Michael Rosenberg Photography?

I really appreciate that Michael Rosenberg Photography is doing this for Komen Puget Sound. Celebrating survivors and helping us share our journey towards healing and hope. It’s a celebration, you all make us feel comfortable and make it fun and thank you for doing this, for helping us celebrate survivors.

 

Hair and Makeup by Madison Goodwin.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

Breast cancer survivor, Elisa del Rosario in studio with Michael Rosenberg Photography

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

Elisa del Rosario is such a sweet soul!

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

We focus on creating Vanity Fair Style Portraits, Elisa was so much fun!

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

You’d never know she was a breast cancer survivor.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

You really learn who is there for you when you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

Such wonderful friends to have surrounding you.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

This was the largest group to date in the studio for the More Than Our Scars project!

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

Breast cancer survivor, Elisa del Rosario and her husband Michael for their Anniversary photos.

More Than Our Scars portrait series with Michael Rosenberg Photography and Komen Puget Sound redefining breast cancer and its survivors.

A beautiful moment of true love.

 

Read More:

Learn more about Michael Rosenberg Photography and our projects by exploring our website! We are a fine art portrait studio focusing on family portraits, senior portraits, and more. Meet the stylists who were a big part of More Than Our Scars and another of our projects, Our Generation, by clicking here.

Reach out to us with any of your questions or comments, we’re always happy to hear from you!

Other More Than Our Scars Participants from Komen Puget Sound

First Post: Martha Zuniga  |  Second Post: Kathleen Sutton

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