PORTRAIT SERIES: FEMININITY, EMPOWERMENT AND HEADWEAR
Posted on 12 March 2017
“I was pregnant with my third child when I felt a lump in my breast. Well, it’s probably just because my breasts are starting to produce milk, I thought, asking the midwife what it was. But the midwife told me it couldn’t be milk production and sent me to a doctor. And then things went fast.
“You won’t want to hear what I have to say to you”, the doctor said when I arrived at the hospital for answers about the ultrasound and the biopsy. Breast cancer. I had breast cancer! I was convinced that the doctor would finish her sentence by saying "...and you need to have the child removed", but she didn’t. I learned that it is completely safe to be in cancer treatment with a tiny baby in your stomach – for both mother and child. So, I had surgery and went through chemotherapy while I was pregnant. The tiny sprout inside of me became my light in the darkness while my world turned upside-down.
About 2 weeks after starting chemo, I started to lose my hair. A lot. Hair in my eyes, hair on my pillow, hair in the air, hair everywhere. Two days later, I got my boyfriend to take the trimmer and shave off my hair. "Come on, mom, could you please put on a scarf?", my 4-year-old girl said fearfully. And that’s what I did. I wore it proudly for the next six months, while my stomach grew.
And one day, my little baby came into this world, perfect in the way only babies can be, and about a month later I finished chemo. My hair slowly grew back, and I wore scarves less and less frequently. Today I am well, and my tiny light in the darkness has turned a year old. Life is beautiful.”
By Line Mex-Jørgensen
The portrait series "Femininity, Empowerment, and Headwear” is a collaboration between Helen Latifi Headwear and United Colors of Denmark