SISTERS WITH THE TIGHTEST BOND

I’ve always wanted a sister, and it’s always so much fun to photograph sisters. There’s a bond with sisters that’s different than brothers. These sisters were the absolute sweetest and couldn’t stop laughing! It was such a great time being around these silly girls. It was especially nice that Nyah, Mia’s older sister, reached out to have photos taken with just her and her sister. I mean if that doesn’t show you how close they are I’m not sure what does!

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Mia was 5 months old when she was first diagnosed and she is 14 now. She was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called Primary Hyperoxaluria type 1. Mia is doing well. She just had her second transplant on July 25, and I was her donor.  She is looking great and she feels great too, you wouldn’t be able to tell just by looking at her that she had just had major surgery.
— Nyah Herndon, Mia's older sister
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The best advice I could give is to hold on to your family.  You are the ones who are going to get each other through everything.  It’s okay to have hard days, our family’s slogan is “tears are brave”, getting emotions out is always the best thing.  Have fun too, that’s one thing I remember about when Mia was first sick is that we played a lot.  We went to the park, the beach, we took walks.  Even though the situation is not ideal, it’s always good to find the positive side in everything.
— Nyah Herndon
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