Taken by the artist who was deeply impressed by the radiance of women who are thriving and surviving with cancer, "SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty" is a collection of portraits of these powerful women.
SHINING WOMAN #cancerbeauty
For women, losing their womb, ovaries, breasts, and hair is extremely depressing.
Feelings of despair and madness.
Young women who dream of giving birth.
Women who are receiving infertility treatment.
Due to their cancer, they are not only losing their uterus, ovaries, and breasts but are also simultaneously losing their dream of having their own child.
The fear of losing their female organs brings a premonition of death to their femininity.
It feels like hell for them to accept such fears.
Nevertheless, women still put on lipstick, nice clothes, and wigs, and head out to their battlefield—the outside world.
Verbal abuse and prejudice.
Unawareness can be truly horrifying.
Disappointed in myself for hating people who use mean words,
while I myself may unconsciously have used mean words as well.
It can happen to me as a woman, and to men, to their loved ones.
I want to change how people perceive female illnesses and cancer patients.
I want the world to become a place where women can live more comfortably so that they can continue to treasure their everyday life and feel free to go outside, without having to experience any verbal abuse just because they have lost their breasts, wombs, ovaries, and hair.
Femininity is not determined by one’s body parts. Everything is a testament to choosing to live.
Women can always turn despair into strength and continue to let their beauty shine out.
The true meaning of shining lies in the power with which we fight for our lives.
Women who dream to see their children grow up.
Women who dream to become an adult and fall in love.
The essence of life is always beautiful.
All women are shining.
― Hideka Tonomura