The 41-year-old was looking over a series of snaps from her trip to Camera Obscura & World of Illusions in Edinburgh, when she noticed a heat patch on one side of her chest. Thinking the unevenness was unusual, she scheduled an appointment with her doctor who soon confirmed the worst: Bal was in the “really early stages” of breast cancer.
Less than six months later, she’s already under gone two operations and is currently waiting for a third to try to prevent the disease from spreading. She’s also written a letter to Camera Obscura & World of Illusions to tell them how the visit had potentially saved her life.
“While making our way through the floors we got to the thermal imaging camera room, as all families do, we entered and started to wave our arms and look at the images created,” Bal wrote. “While doing this, I noticed a heat patch (red in colour) coming from my left breast.
“We thought it was odd and having looked at everyone else they didn’t have the same. I took a picture and we carried on and enjoyed the rest of the museum.”
“A few days later when we returned home, I was flicking through my pictures and I saw the image. At this point, I searched on Google to see what this could mean, and I saw a lot of articles about breast cancer and thermal imaging cameras,” she continued.
“I made an appointment with the doctor, and as it turns out, I do have breast cancer, thankfully really early stages. I have now had two surgeries and have one to go to prevent it from spreading.”
“I just wanted to say thank you — without that camera I would never have known.
“I know it’s not the intention of the camera but for me it really was a life-changing visit. I cannot tell you enough about how my visit to the Camera Obscura changed my life.”