Cancer can be tough, but 17-year-old Andrea Sierra Salazar is much, much tougher. The Texas resident lost her hair as a result of her fight with lymphoma. A photographer named Gerardo Garmendia caught wind of Andrea’s worries and took these amazing shots to help boost her self confidence. The results have gone viral across social media. Andrea: We salute you!
Andrea said on Facebook “The hair on someone’s head doesn’t define who they are. All girls are princesses, and today I feel beautiful inside and out.”
“I wouldn’t have known [I had cancer] until one day I felt like I slept wrong, and my neck hurt”
“I patted my neck and I felt a really big ball”
She had been diagnosed with stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma.
“Before chemotherapy I had always been a confident person,so when my hair started to fall out I would look in the mirror and I wouldn’t feel that confident about myself”
“Then I realised that I had no reason to be ashamed of the way I looked, I should be proud”
“It’s not only about my outside beauty, it’s about the inside. That’s what really inspired the photoshoot without the wig”
“Cancer doesn’t stop me from being a princess,” she said, and we couldn’t agree more. F*ck Cancer.