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Bridgette and Eugene | Twin Boys | Lifestyle Session | Indianapolis, Indiana

Bridgette and Eugene | Twins | Lifestyle Session

My mom has always been friends with Bridgette’s mom, Jenny. For as long as I can remember their family has been apart of my life in one way or another. In fact, they lived in the house next door to my grandparents growing up and we raced Soap Box Derby with them during the summer. I remember thinking that Bridgette was so cool because she was incredibly smart and determined – I still think that. Several years ago when Bridgette and Eugene got married, our family attended the wedding and celebrated right along with them. I remember the night especially well as it was the first night my then boyfriend, now husband – spent an extended amount of time with my family. Needless to say, the evening was perfect. Bridgette and Eugene had a gorgeous wedding and my family had a blast getting to know Zach. It was a win.

About six months ago, Bridgette sent me a message saying that she was having twins soon and would be looking for a photographer as the babies grew. I could not be more excited! If you know Bridgette, you know that it is impossible to not be happy for her. She is so kind hearted and genuine and warmth just spills from her. Plus, she is incredibly driven and smart – working hard with school and her career and has finally landed her dream job in the medical field as a transplant coordinator. She deserves every happiness there is. I explained to Bridgette that I am not trained to do posed newborn photos, but perhaps we could set up a time to do a lifestyle session. This worked out well for her as she already had a newborn photographer in mind. So we decided to wait until the boys made their appearance and set up a date soon after. 

The boys arrived in August and everyone was so excited! It was cool to see photos of Bridgette and Eugene figuring out the whole parenting thing. I figured I’d wait a bit to give things time to settle down before contacting the new parents to set up a time for their session. However in mid November Bridgette had to go in for an unexpected surgery. Shortly after that, she found out that she has Choriocarcinoma. Normally, my blog posts are full of excitement, good news and cheer, and this one will be too, I promise. However I feel that first, with her permission, it is so important to share Bridgette’s story. Through a twist of fate, she was able to catch this early and is currently finishing her last rounds of chemo to get things under control. She is so open about her experience and is remaining strong and positive. Perhaps her story will help someone out there, you never know. Here’s what Bridgette has to say:

“I have Choriocarcinoma which often goes overlooked after live births due to doctors just thinking it is normal post delivery bleeding. It is more common after Molar pregnancies. It is a cancer that develops in the the placenta and prognosis is normally not good after live births due to it being overlooked. I am lucky because I hemorrhaged and we caught it early. It is important for women to know that if they are bleeding more than 6 weeks with intermittent heavy bleeding, it is not normal, an HCG should be checked in the case that they are having this happen to them. I was also trying to get a Mirena to prevent pregnancy when i had a positive urine pregnancy test that raised some questions in my doctor’s mind since there was no way I was pregnant. I am so lucky that with the positive urine pregnancy test and the hemorrhaging we caught it early. It is a survivable cancer. Although going through chemo stinks, at least it is easier on me to rest and the babies will be 6 months old before I have to go back to work. I try to look on the bright side of having cancer. Like “I may get pretty curly hair when it grows back” or “I get more time with my kids before worrying about work.” There is nothing i can do to change it so there is no use in being depressed. I just power through and take the good days when I have them.”

When I did reach out to Bridgette, she shared with me that she was still excited for the session and wanted to carry on with our plans, despite losing her hair. I’m telling you – this girl is awesome! Upon arriving at their home, I could immediately see how loved and cared for Bridgette and Eugene are. Two friends sat on the couch feeding one baby while Eugene held the other. They explained that their friends and family had been rotating spending the night with them to help care for the boys. Next we went upstairs to the twins’ room. Here Bridgette loved on each baby and told us about their individual little quirks. It didn’t take long to see that Joshua is by far the more outgoing of the two. He is always looking around and interested in what is going on. Plus, he is quite the little flirt! Matthew on the other hand, is more quiet and so very sweet. When he looks at you he smiles and bashfully looks away. The boys are fraternal twins and it is easy to spot their differences. However, the boys do share the same big, blue eyes which let me tell you – they will melt your heart! We spent the next hour or so hanging out with Bridgette and Eugene with their adorable twins – spending time together as a family. Eugene is hilarious with the boys – just watching him interact with them cracked me up! Eugene shared with me that before her passing, he would speak to his mother on the phone every day. As soon as he told me this, I understood how much love he has in his heart for his family. Bridgette and the boys are in good hands, and it is so obvious.

I am really glad that Bridgette reached out to me and welcomed Zach and I into their home. Despite going through a rough period, Bridgette continues to hold her head up and be an amazing mother to Joshua and Matthew. She is so full of joy and happiness – especially when surrounded by her boys. As I mentioned above, I have always admired Bridgette – and that has not changed. 

 

– Alison

 

 

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