Award-winning Canadian photographer Jay Perry dodged burning cars in Haiti after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake, he’s had Haitian rebels point their guns in his direction and he’s driven across the country in a cramped van eating and drinking off four dollars a day. But watching his father slip away from cancer was harder than any of those ordeals. Jay tells us why, and he talks about his book, “My Dad Got Sick: Love and Insights From a Caregiver’s Unexpected Journey Through Cancer,” an emotional account of interrupting his skyrocketing career at age thirty-one to help his father battle terminal cancer. Jay shares the non-traditional medicine practices incorporated into his dad’s daily routine. He opens up about the anxiety of being in debt after leaving the workforce to care for his dad and explains why it was worth it. Jay also tells us about his mission trip to Haiti and how his photograph “Kettenie-Love” changed both his life and the life of the little girl in the photo, and about his project Friends With Hearts. Note: this episode originally aired June 28, 2018.
Explore Jay’s book: “My Dad Got Sick: Love and Insights From a Caregiver’s Unexpected Journey Through Cancer”
Jay’s photography: Jay Perry Photography
The story behind his award-winning photograph “Kettenie-Love”
More about the project Friends With Hearts
Music: “Melancholia” by Dlay | CC BY NC ND | Free Music Archive