A diagnosis of cancer, and the treatment that follows, is grueling for anyone. Chemotherapy treatment in particular not only affects how a person feels physically, but it can also take a toll on body image and emotional health. When 17-year-old Andrea Sierra Salazar, was diagnosed with stage 2 nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma, she turned what was at first a blow to her confidence into something empowering.
The Texas teen found the lump in her neck early this year, and then another tumor was found in her chest ,Buzzfeed first reported. She underwent chemotherapy, which caused her hair to fall out.
Andrea began to devote more time to modeling after her diagnosis. Her treatment kept her out of school so she had time to do it.
Andrea came up with the caption of “princess without a wig”, and this empowering message drove the photos to hundreds of thousands of likes and shares around the globe.
At first, she was hesitant to shoot photos without a wig, but the results went viral and inspired others going through the struggle of cancer.