Conway, TX, USA | Jun 2018
-My mom passed away 12 days after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on April 30, 2014. This is why I was rolling down Route 66 with my dad instead of my mom. Other than feeling like she had a cold and losing weight rapidly, she had no symptoms. When an x-ray and subsequent tests were finally ordered, it was discovered that her cancer had spread. When my family asked the oncologist for a list of areas that the cancer had spread to, she told us in private that the list of areas the cancer had not spread to was shorter and that it would not benefit us to know the details.
-My mom loved VW Bugs and owned one at the time of her passing, so the Slug Bug Ranch was a must-stop for us on our roadtrip. There is an abandoned building behind the Bugs covered in graffiti. As I was photographing the Bugs, I noticed the first couple letters of my name in spray paint, CAM.
-Curious, I walked over and saw what is pictured above. My name is CAMIE, my dad’s name is DAVE. ENGLAND is written above my name ( lived in England for nearly five years and was living in England when my mom passed away) and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA is written above the dad’s name. If we omit the happy birthday text, it just reads MAMA.
-CAM(M)IE + DAVE + MAMA
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