Gently Hugged by Mother Nature @ Lake Orange (Click HERE for my Portfolio)
Since 2009, I have been blessed to live a happy and healthy life on beautiful Lake Orange in Cedar Grove, NC. Then in September 2019, I heard those dreaded words, “you have Cancer.” It had already spread to the left side of my neck and was of an unknown origin. Alone when I got the news, I sank into my chair and moved into a complete state of disbelief and shock. I felt fine! Cancer? Even though I had no symptoms, the cyst they stumbled upon on my MRI, coldly termed an “incidental finding”, was later confirmed to be metastatic and a concerning 2 cm.
Feeling rather numb, I systematically called friends and family and repeated my update. Soon after, my amazing “girl tribe” showed up to provide support. They were clearly shaken and scared, while I was still processing it all. Then the man I was dating dumped me upon hearing the news, stating he “couldn’t bear to watch me suffer, so good luck”. Talk about a reality slap! Was this really happening to me? ! OMG.
After a restless night, I rose early, grabbed my water with lemon, and sat outside looking out at the lake as the sun began to rise. The first colorful rays beaming off the scattered clouds gave me refuge from the confusing pain dancing around in my head all night. Mesmerized and comforted by the wonder of this magnificent Lake Orange sunrise, tears began to flow down my cheeks. I realized that Mother Nature (God) was here to soothe me and give me strength. I found some hope and peace as I grasped and accepted my reality. Sun peaking through the clouds, warm on my face, I realized, I have just been gently hugged by Mother Nature!
The next day, I was compelled to get up in time for the sunrise. I again found myself lost in the beautiful grace and salvation of this gorgeous, evolving morning gift whose mirror image gently floated on a calm Lake Orange. I found that the calming warmth of sunrise colors gives me great peace and the amazing uniqueness of each one, instills new hope.
Two more painful biopsies later it was confirmed that I had metastatic carcinoma caused by my thyroid. It had already spread to the lymph nodes on multiple levels on one side of my neck. Fortunately, thyroid Cancer is the “most curable”. So, after a 6-hour surgery to remove my thyroid and 30 lymph nodes, followed by radioactive iodine to kill anything remaining, I am Cancer free as of January 2020! As with any metastatic cancer, the chance for recurrence is a factor. Even though I have significant numbness on the left part of my neck, jawline, and ear and my vocal cords are still struggling to reach high notes and project, I am definitely one of the lucky ones.
All of my canvased photos are completely untouched. Simply Mother Nature at her best! All pictures were taken from the same location – my dock and yard. So it’s amazing to see how every single sunrise is so perfectly unique no matter how many times you look at it from the same perspective! My sincere hope is that you too are captivated by the many spectacular faces of Lake Orange and find peace, strength, and hope when you too are gently hugged by Mother Nature.
With Much Love and Hugs,
Lisa Francescon (Lengowicz)
Cancer Survivor & Photographer
Lake Orange Sunrises, LLC
You may view my portfolio here: https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/lisa-francescon. My sunrises come in series. The more you purchase within a series, the more of a discount you receive on the 2nd, 3rd, etc. Please enjoy the many faces of Lake Orange. Whether you are in the mood for something bright and eye-popping or something more subdued and relaxed, I've captured that moment for you! Please explore my collections and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you and God Bless!