Another young much loved woman has passed away this last week, and my heart is so sad. Trying to continue forward with photography and life, and stay positive. Julia Little Brave was my stepdaughter by a former marriage, and although I am estranged from her father I have kept track of his daughter as she married and had children. I followed from a distance, not wanting to interfere, and kept her in my heart. This is not about me… this is about an amazing young woman and her family.
Julia had cancer. She fought hard, and was in remission for some few years while she returned to college and developed a career in hospital lab work. This in itself was impressive in her large Native American family, where education was often a struggle. All this while being a great mother, and constantly cheering up others, and praying for others in her Native American Church. Her positive attitude was amazing. This last couple years the cancer came back, and though she fought with all she had, this weekend she slipped into that dark night and into the spirit world leaving behind her supportive loving husband Matt and their three beautiful children, along with a heartbroken sister/ best friend and brothers and Father, Mother, and a huge extended clan.
Julia’s sister in law has created a GoFundMe donation site to raise money to help the family with burial costs and huge hospital bills left behind. Any amount you might be able to donate would be gratefully appreciated, even $1. You can find that site here along with her photo and more information. Just click on that previous sentence in blue and the page will open up in a new tab.
This is the Rainbow I saw soon after I learned of Julia’s passing.. so I have named this Julia’s Rainbow.