By taking selfies and decorating her bald head, a brave cancer patient has decided to turn her illness into a work of art.
Sara Cutting, a Company director, has raised more than £8,000 for charity by posing for photographs documenting her treatment for breast cancer while wearing a selection of weird and wonderful hats.
When she began chemotherapy after shaving off her hair in October, Sara, 46, has so far modeled designs made out of bread, cake, coffee cups and a carrot in an effort to raise cancer awareness.
She uploads smiling selfies onto her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page for her friends, family and followers, while urging people to donate to MacMillan Cancer Support.
“I shaved my hair off before it fell out because it felt like I would be taking control of the cancer, rather than the cancer controlling me. Life has to go on and you have to find a way of coping, so this has been a really good focus for me. It’s a reason for me to get my make up on, get dressed and put on a big smile, no matter how I’m feeling.” Sara, from Brighton said.
Sara is close to her target of 10,000 British pounds after 141 days of photograph. She now begins a new challenge after finishing her treatment, – four weeks of radiotherapy.
She first discovered she had breast cancer after finding a lump as she showered.
After her diagnosis, Sara had surgery to remove the tumor and affected lymph nodes from her right breast.
In October, she began chemotherapy to ensure any stray cancer cells would be caught, too even if her operation was a success.
Miss Cutting said: “I went to the doctors about something unrelated to all this and just mentioned I’d been getting some dry skin under my arm pit. I was told to start using moisturizer after my shower to as prevention, then one day when I was putting my body lotion, I lifted my arm up and felt this lump on my breast. The following day I went to my GP, who referred me to the local breast care clinic. Within two weeks I was told I had a very aggressive form of cancer. It was such a shock – it still hasn’t quite sunk in until now.”
donations began flooding in after news of her daily selfies spread, while others designed hats for her to wear.
She is urging women and men to check their bodies for signs of breast cancer.
“There are always days when I’ll feel I can’t muster the energy to dress up, take a photo and post it on social media, but I have to and that has been good for me.” Sara said.
She added: “I’have been able to raise 1,000 pounds within two days of starting the campaign. I have such amazing support from my friends, family and strangers, who have heard about what I’m doing. “
And while the challenge was set up to help others, Sara says her daily selfies are also getting her through this difficult time. “Life has to go on and you have to find a way of coping, so this has been a really good focus for me.” She says, “It’s a reason for me to get my make up on, get dressed and put on a big smile, no matter how I’m feeling, and if I can encourage one more man or woman to check their breasts, then it is all worth it.”