Nancy Borowick is a 28-year-old photographer who's spent the last year documenting her parents' battles with cancer. In a turn of events many families fear, both her mother and father, Laurel and Howie, were diagnosed with advanced diseases within just over a year of each other -- breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, respectively.
Borowick had already watched and supported her mother as she dealt with two previous diagnoses, photographing Laurel's struggles with chemotherapy and surgery. So it made sense for Borowick to want to capture the journey her parents were about to embark on together, a period marked by vulnerability, compassion and love.
The project became known as "Cancer Family, Ongoing," a black-and-white series that reveals the great bonds families forge in the face of illness. While Laurel and Howie persevered through moments of pain and sadness, Borowick sought to record the joy, humor and tranquility that her parents experienced as well -- including attending their daughter's wedding in October 2013.
"Anyone who knows anything about cancer knows its not pretty," Borowick explained to The Huffington Post. "For me, I've chosen to share certain images that I think speak to my family, and how we are dealing with the cards we've been dealt. Our story looks at love and life, in the face of mortality, and how we process and cope with our reality."
This December, Borowick's father succumbed to his disease, passing away after months of beating the odds of pancreatic cancer's high mortality rates. As she and her family grieve and celebrate Howie, Borowick continues to share her project online, affording viewers the opportunity to find comfort and understanding in their story.
"I actually call it 'Cancer Family, Ongoing' because the story continues... even after death," said Borowick. "Just as we've opened our lives and story to the world, the world has shared it's stories with us right back. I hope people feel less alone in their struggles with illness and remember that there is, unfortunately, a worldwide community out there sympathizing and empathizing with them."
"For me, the scariest part of illness is not knowing," she added, "so by sharing our intimate story, I hope viewers find support and understanding."
Borowick encourages those moved by her series to consider making a donation in her father's name to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. You can scroll through her project below (with captions supplied by the artist) and let us know your thoughts on the touching photographs in the comments.