Thursday, July 17, 2008

Really cool and not so cool...

I can't believe I haven't posted about this before...I entered some photos I took in a "contest" of sorts to be on display at an area hospital and had two of them chosen!

Here are the pics that were chosen:

Here is he email I received telling me mine were chosen:

Dear Renay Valiant,

Congratulations! Your photo has been selected to be displayed at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Your participation in Photos for Health will help to create a healing and welcoming environment for patients, families, health care professionals, and the community Clarian Health serves. Thank you for taking the time to submit your photography, it will be appreciated for many years to come.

To view your selected photo, click here.

You are invited to a preview tour of Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Many of the photos will be displayed in non-public areas of the IU Simon Cancer Center. This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes and view your framed photography. We will also have a special gift for you.

When: Saturday, July 26, 2008 3-5 p.m.
Where: Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
535 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

We are interested in learning more about your experience with Photos for Health. When you RSVP, please let us know if you are interested in sharing your story with us.

RSVP to Tara Henderson with the number of people in your party so we can prepare for your arrival:
(317) 938-9026 or email

Thank you again for your beautiful submissions!


The Photos for Health Team

Isn't that really cool? I was pretty excited as the sunflowers really do have a "story". TJ and I planted them back when we lived on the South side and we watched them grow and develop and become beautiful. Sunflowers are really cool flowers! I am honored that my pics may be seen by those who are in some of the deepest waters of their lives-facing cancer.

Now for the not-so cool:


Need I say more? I mean really-Kara can vouch for me-he was a lunatic this morning. It all started out just fine. He sweetly ate breakfast-even used is manners by saying "eat" and "please". But, when I went to wash him off, it all went down hill from there. His PT was coming and I just knew he was not going to come out of this "fit" easily. So, we worked with him and worked with him. We discussed that maybe it was gas or something. He literally SCREAMED for an hour solid. She finally said, have you talked with his physician about these behavioral issues? BEHAVIORAL ISSUES...what? You can't be serious!!! What behavioral issues...this is just how Owen is. He can get frustrated sometimes because he's a baby and can't communicate his needs in a way in which we understand!

So, I thought-I'll show her behavioral issues...Owen, does your belly hurt? And the kid shook his head YES!!! I gave him some mylicon and told her it seemed like we should cut things short today-hhmmmph! Then when she left, I was rubbing his back and such and thought-he feels a little warm...101.5 temp! Behavioral issues...???


Kara Townsend said...

Oh my goodness! The little feller was sick. Praying your day gets better and Owen feels better too!
love you,

Kim said...

Poor Owen! I hope he feels better soon. I hate those toddler meltdowns. At least you have a reason as to his "issues" this morning. Hang in there.