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Raw Photoshoot Of Woman Preparing To Battle Breast Cancer As Husband Shaves Off Her Hair Goes Viral
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Raw Photoshoot Of Woman Preparing To Battle Breast Cancer As Husband Shaves Off Her Hair Goes Viral

Photographer Mandy Parks recently captured the pain, beauty, and bravery of a woman’s fight with breast cancer. The couple’s photoshoot shows Kelsey Johnson shaving his wife, Charlie’s, head.

The Arkansas photographer’s post has received more than 209K reactions and 215K shares in less than a day, and people from all over the world are sending the couple their best wishes.

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Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

According to BreastCancer.org, hair loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. “Hair follicles, the structures in the skin filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. If you’re not in cancer treatment, your hair follicles divide every 23 to 72 hours. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair,” the organization wrote.

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy can experience both gradual and dramatic hair loss: clumps in their hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on their pillow. “Whichever way it happens, it’s startling and depressing, and [people] will need a lot of support during this time.”

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

And while some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on a person’s head, others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on their legs, arms, or underarms.

“The extent of hair loss depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for how long. The various classes of chemotherapy drugs all produce different reactions.”

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Some of the people who begin chemotherapy and start losing their hair want to cut it very short to ease into the transition. It’s really challenging. Sporting a bald head may make you feel less attractive and seductive.

In Kelsey and Charlie’s situation, it’s clear from these beautiful photos that the intimacy they have with each other doesn’t depend on looks. Their bond is a testament to couples that appearance is just a minor player in what truly matters.

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

In the U.S., about 1 in 8 women (roughly, 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. And although medical tests can be nerve-wracking, they are essential in keeping women’s breasts healthy and getting the proper care if they develop breast cancer.

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Image credits: mandyparksphotography

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Vex Boxx
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2 years ago

The choice to shave one's head is also sometimes made simply because the weight of the hair is painful. Chemo is a bitch. Some chemo doesn't cause hair loss at all but still sucks just the same. There's also a lot of guilt in not losing your hair in chemo when surrounded by the fellow fighting soldiers and veterans. (I hate the word "survivor" -- I didn't "survive," I fucking fought). This photoshoot is absolutely stunning. I send wishes for a quick NED to Charlie; may she only have to ring that bell once.

Phillipe Knippel
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2 years ago

(I hate the word "survivor" -- I didn't "survive," I fucking fought). Hell ya!

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Greg Reifenstein
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2 years ago

i always see people in these comments saying this or that made my cry.. well.. this one finally got me. the emotion of her husband and the connection they both have to do this together is huge.. good vibes from a bad situation. good luck to this family.

To Blave
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm with you, Greg. Whoa. I didn't expect to feel this way. Good luck indeed.

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Jeff heinemann
Community Member
2 years ago

These photos are more beautiful than any photos I've seen to date! May her strength empower others to keep going and fight! Thank you for sharing!

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Vex Boxx
Community Member
2 years ago

The choice to shave one's head is also sometimes made simply because the weight of the hair is painful. Chemo is a bitch. Some chemo doesn't cause hair loss at all but still sucks just the same. There's also a lot of guilt in not losing your hair in chemo when surrounded by the fellow fighting soldiers and veterans. (I hate the word "survivor" -- I didn't "survive," I fucking fought). This photoshoot is absolutely stunning. I send wishes for a quick NED to Charlie; may she only have to ring that bell once.

Phillipe Knippel
Community Member
2 years ago

(I hate the word "survivor" -- I didn't "survive," I fucking fought). Hell ya!

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Greg Reifenstein
Community Member
2 years ago

i always see people in these comments saying this or that made my cry.. well.. this one finally got me. the emotion of her husband and the connection they both have to do this together is huge.. good vibes from a bad situation. good luck to this family.

To Blave
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm with you, Greg. Whoa. I didn't expect to feel this way. Good luck indeed.

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Jeff heinemann
Community Member
2 years ago

These photos are more beautiful than any photos I've seen to date! May her strength empower others to keep going and fight! Thank you for sharing!

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