Beautiful YOU 2016- Beverly | Laura Gordillo Photography | Phoenix Arizona Photographer

June 21, 2016  •  2 Comments

Meet Beautiful Beverly! 

She came in a bit shy. Mentioned she didn't quite like being in front of the camera. She said she didn't really like to smile and that I would definitely have to work my MAGIC with her! Well, I needed absolutely NO magic! This lady is GORGEOUS! And she did give me a few smiles ;) Beverly you are a beautiful person inside and out! I am so thankful I was able to capture it! :) Scroll down to view her amazing images! 


My name is Beverly and I am a single mother of 2 amazing daughters. The oldest is almost 21 and finishing up her junior year at ASU. The younger is 15 and a freshman in high school. I was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in my bone marrow in June of 2015 although this journey started even before that. After a thyroid removal and several blood transfusions they finally figured out what was causing it all. I have completed my intensive chemotherapy for now but the maintenance treatments will continue until at least December of 2017. Although my cancer number are currently low they are not gone and my doctor has me always looking for symptoms because he assures me that it will come back and I will be sick again. It’s just a matter of time.   I went from working two jobs and traveling with the girls to being virtually stopped in my tracks. My younger daughter really struggles especially when I am not feeling well or have Dr appts. She withdrawals and has trouble focusing at school and suffers from depression. I am not sure how the older one copes since she is living in the dorms I don’t see her very often. My parents and sister live close by and have been very supportive through everything but unfortunately my mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is now awaiting her surgery and treatment. One could never understand the emotional and financial devastation you go through after a cancer diagnosis but that magnifies even more when you are a single parent. The range of emotions within yourself and reactions from others is unbelievable and amazing. Although I can honestly say it has removed some people from my life but has also strengthened the most important relationships.  The best thing that has happened since being diagnosed with cancer is that my perspective on thing has changed. Things that used to bother me (OCD) no longer matter. What matters most to me now is just spending time with loved ones, making memories with my girls and taking lots of pictures.




Yvonne Hall(non-registered)
Bev, you look amazing and you are an inspiration. Stay strong lady
Anne McIntire(non-registered)
Oh, that smile! You and your caring friends have done it again, Laura. You have captured the true essence of this reserved, yet amazing strong woman. You ALL have worked your magic from the inside out! The images speak volumes. Please know that A Beautiful You is making a difference in the lives of deserving people. Thank you!
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