Q May Chen of Taipei, Taiwan, wasn't going to let anything stop her from the wedding photo shoot of her dreams. Last year, she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. So Chen decided to do something she had always wanted to do: She decked herself out in four beautiful wedding gowns and staged a stunning bridal photo shoot just for herself.
Chen thought she had defeated her illness four years ago. However, the cancer returned, this time in a much more advanced stage. "I really got breast cancer at the age of 24, and received a series of treatments, and successfully beat the breast cancer," Chen wrote in a Facebook message to Brides. She was not expecting the illness to come back. "The moment that I got the results, I was shocked." she said.
"I always had a dream...to wear a wedding dress," Chen told Brides, proving that a woman's wedding can be about more than celebrating marriage; it can also be about feeling beautiful and celebrating yourself. Chen chose to model four gowns for the shoot: a traditional white princess-style wedding gown, a sexier white gown with a sheer lace bodice, a light-pink evening gown covered in flowers, and a jaw-dropping deep-red evening gown. She worked with a stylist to nail the perfect looks.
"I want to encourage everyone to actively take initiative with hospital treatment. You can feel sad, but not for too long," she told Brides. "Remember to set a time—two weeks or two months—to stop sorrow. Because happiness kills cancer."
She also encourages people fighting cancer to spend time with other patients, whether it's in a support group or even traveling or living with other patients. "Many people do not feel sick; that, no one understands," she said. "The establishment of cancer gatherings can make sick people find a place to feel at ease. The mood can be cheerful."
She hopes that society will give young women facing breast cancer "a little more love, empathy, and let them know the world is beautiful."
Check out more photos of Chen's gorgeous bridal shoot below.