This family is very special to me. Canyon is a shining light, and so inspiring! He is positive, upbeat and so stinkin’ cute. Please read his story and share it. Maybe through you he will find his perfect transplant match!

Words from Canyon’s mom:

Few things in life are as hard as watching your child go through difficult times.  Canyon was diagnosed with a chronic form of kidney disease known as Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis (FSGS) in May of 2017 at age 11.  The doctors believe that Canyon was most likely born with this condition and that it slowly got worse as he got older.  While Canyon will never regain the kidney function that he has lost due to the disease process, dialysis and medications will serve to replace some of the kidney function until he can receive a transplant.  

Canyon does 9 hours of peritoneal dialysis every single night through a catheter placed in his peritoneal cavity.  This involves filling his peritoneal cavity with 10,000mls of dialysate solution throughout the night as he sleeps.  This solution helps absorb waste products from blood vessels in his abdominal lining and then it is drawn back out of his body and discarded in the morning.  Every month we have approximately 40 cases of this solution delivered to our house along with other dialysis and care supplies such as drain bags, cassettes for his dialysis machine, gloves, masks, bandages, syringes, and countless medicines.  

Canyon’s life has changed tremendously since being diagnosed with kidney disease.  Childhood food favorites such as pizza, french fries, ice cream, soft drinks, and chocolate are now off limits due to his failing kidneys.  He has even had to give up his favorite candy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, because of this disease!  He now has to read labels to limit his potassium, sodium, and phosphate intake each meal.  He can no longer go swimming due to the risk of infection to his catheter site. Sleep-overs are few and far between now due to the nightly dialysis treatments. Because Canyon’s kidneys are largely unable to regulate his blood pressure, he can no longer participate in a lot of sports or physical activities with his peers.

Even though this diagnosis is life-changing, Canyon still has a smile on his face every single day.  He is now planning on becoming a Pediatric Nephrologist so he can help other kids like him!  For now, our hope is to get him a transplant.  There are currently over 93,000 people on the transplant waiting list for a kidney.  Please consider becoming an organ donor to help kids and adults like Canyon have a long and fulfilling life.  

The photos below show everything that keeps Canyon going for ONE MONTH.

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https://www.gofundme.com/canyon-martin-support

Charlotte is ONE! The last time I saw her, she was a tiny newborn. I was over-the-moon thrilled when her parents invited me back to their home to take some lifestyle shots for her 1st birthday. I know for sure this little lady is loved and well cared for.

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I became a mom in 2014 when I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl: Finn. Before being a mom I was simply a photographer. It is how I identified myself. I had built a decent business, and felt I had found my calling in life. I tried to be a full-time stay at home mom and full-time work from home mom, only to quickly realize something had to give. I was short fused, extremely tired and my family was suffering. To add to the situation, we found out we were expecting baby #2 when Finn was only 4 months old. They would be 13 months apart. That’s when anxiety set in. We kept the news a secret for so long because we were ashamed in some ways (silly now that we think about it). The reality set in that I could either A) take care of two babies and give up my business, or B) put them in a daycare of some kind and continue working full-time. I struggled with the mere thought of having to give up a piece of myself that I had cultivated into a career. But, I also couldn’t stand the idea of leaving my babies with anyone. So, I would shrug off the question about if I’d still work after having baby #2 and quickly change the subject. I don’t know why I couldn’t just tell people I was putting photographing clients on hold for a while to focus on being a mom. Maybe because inside I felt like I was quitting or loosing in some way. Or, maybe I just truly didn’t know what the future held. Fast-forward to the birth of Bear. Shortly after we got home and settled I began to realize that I had little to no extra time for anything. Not even a shower. As time passed, I began to feel alone and a bit depressed with the overwhelming duties of caring for two young babies. I had no creative outlet, and  I hadn’t picked up my camera in a long while. I discussed my feelings with my husband, and can I just say he is a saint… seriously. He reminded me that I could still make photographs, just a little differently than before. I could actually shoot what was in front of me; That was Finn & Bear. I quickly jumped on the idea and started to get excited again. The act of making, for me, is an extraordinary gift that brings so much joy to my life. I enrolled in a online photography course and started an Instagram account called Finn & Bear. I wanted to capture my views of motherhood. These photos would be unique because they were/are my story and no-one else’s. Finn is 2.5 and Bear is 1.5 and I have taken photos of them almost daily going on two years.  I have learned so much and grown even more as an artist. I get in ruts still. I think I am actually in one now, but they inspire me to keep pursuing and keep growing. I am so much more than just a photographer. I am a intricate being with a unique perspective on life that maybe you’d enjoying seeing. You can follow me on Instagram @finnandbear

I have recently started taking on a few client sessions. I don’t know what the future holds, but I do not fear that either.

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Here is a set of images that I have titled ‘Views of Motherhood.’pinthis

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I have always noticed a strong theme in my work: my subjects facing away.

 

Tanner and Tyler graduated from Irion County High School on Friday. They have grown into such wonderful young men. I remember when they were born and later babysitting them with my sister. Gaw, time flies! I am proud to know you guys. Can’t wait to see what your future holds!

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