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"A Medical Miracle." Maria's story

After battling leukemia for SEVEN YEARS - and searching for a transplant donor - I am finally getting my miracle!

When I found out I needed a transplant - we first checked with my five siblings to see if they would be a match. Not one was a match. Expanding the search for a donor just created more disappointment. The entire United States did not have a match for me. My miracle came just recently when I found out a donor match was found internationally - in Spain!

Beyond facing the difficulties of this illness, I have faced the daily struggle of trying to show strength for my children. When I received my diagnosis, my fiance left. I am a single mom and find myself crying at night to hide the pain from my children.

I also had to face the impending hard chemotherapy with accompanying hair loss and weight loss - and what to me would feel like a total change of identity. I have been slowly cutting my hair to avoid such an extreme shock of going bald. During the search for a donor, I scheduled a shoot with Sugar & Spice Photography. This was my third shoot, but it was very special, as I wanted pictures to remind myself of what I looked like before this change.

I wanted (and needed) an experience to cement in my memory who I AM. I needed a day with no stress - no worries - even if for just one day.

During the session, I felt like Julie and Katya were sisters! After being glammed up with hair styling and professional makeup application, I felt so amazing. It was so freeing to not have to worry about hair and make up or anything else, and just have the girls pamper me. I came away with pictures to remind myself of how strong I am - how empowered I felt - and help focus on the path of being able to be ME again. Even after the surgery, when it's difficult to recognize myself, I will have these pictures to remind me how to find myself again and be strong. It's survival mode now, and there's still a fight ahead - but I can see the goal.

I wanted to share my medical journey and experience with Sugar & Spice Photography to let other women know that they are strong and beautiful. And no matter what your circumstances, there is hope - and sometimes an experience such as this - can help get you through. I can't wait to come back after my surgery for another shoot!



Our hearts go out to you - what an amazing story of a miracle and God's goodness. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! We're praying for've GOT this!

xoxo, the Sugar & Spice Girls


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Sugar & Spice Photography is a Minnesota based, women-owned small business that specializes in boudoir and pinup photography.  

WE ARE...moms, wives, engaged, divorced or single women...and we are on a mission to share our passion with you!  Our intimate & tasteful boudoir photography is created to...

...CELEBRATE each woman's individuality, helping them to look and feel beautiful, be playful and ooze sexuality with dignity, elegance and class.

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