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Photo taken by contributor Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her two young grandchildren, four and six years old. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love of photography, have become her saviours and kept her from succumbing to the negative temptations that regularly haunt her. She has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but thankfully is still with us. Her hopes are to get past her illness, as well as glaucoma, and become a professional photographer.
About this photo: “I am almost always at one level. Meaning most people are between 5 and 7. I am at a constant 1 or 2…but once in a while I will wake up a 3 and this is when the good times roll!! I wanted to take pictures of colour (which is pretty difficult when you live in Canada and it’s winter). So opted for candles. I love this photo. It’s one of my favourites so far this year. The way the blue candle looks as though it’s wanting to break away from what everyone else is doing and venture out on it’s own. There are quite a few positive things that will be happening in my life, a move, photo sessions, as well as charity events. I’ve also been excepted into a home therapy project. Really looking forward to it. So, this photo is about celebrating new challenges, gaining more experience, and new adventures.”