The Story Behind the Photo

My Mom & Percy


Fighting the battle against cancer is never easy, but the love from a rescued poodle mix named Percy made it easier for my Mom, Joanne Sheiman. Percy was my Mom’s guardian angel while she went through treatment for breast cancer. He was always there for her with constant cuddles and a soothing look of love in his eyes. When she was too tired to get out of bed, Percy would lay by her side day in and day out and she never felt alone.

When my Mom received chemotherapy there were a lot of negative side effects, hair loss being one of them. My Mom always had beautiful, long, stick-straight hair. Loosing her locks was traumatizing at first, but she quickly embraced her baldness. She would often say with a smile on her face, “It’s only hair, it will grow back.” She was a brave warrior. When her hair finally started to grow back, her once straight hair was replaced by tight ringlet curls. As most women with straight hair, my Mom had always wanted curly hair so she was very excited! Then we noticed how similar her hair was to Percy’s! In this photo, taken by my Stepdad, Steve Sheiman, it’s almost hard to tell where Percy ends and my Mom’s hair begins. It perfectly captures their bond and love for one another.


This story has been shared by Carly Grose.



  1. Kitty Sunshine McCurry says:

    Beautiful!! I, too, went thru the same exact thing! I had SO much love and support by my husband, family and friends! However, I say EVERYDAY, I couldn’t have made it without my beautiful Macy and Kitty! My dog, Macy laid by my side and Kitty laid on my lap. I hope your Mom is blessed with many SURVIVING years!!

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