[Emotional Photos] Husband Shaves His Wife Hair Preparing To Battle Breast Cancer

The pictures show Kelsey Johnson shaving his wife, Charlie’s, head.


Emotional Photos: Husband Shaves His Wife Hair Preparing To Battle Breast Cancer

Photographer Mandy Parks recently captured the pain, beauty and bravery of a woman’s fight with breast cancer. The pictures show Kelsey Johnson shaving his wife, Charlie’s, head.

The Arkansas photographer’s post has received more than 209K reactions and 215K shares in less than a day, and people from all over the world are sending the couple their best wishes.

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Image credits: mandyparksphotography


Image credits: mandyparksphotography

According to BreastCancer.org, hair loss occurs because chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. “Hair follicles, the structures in the skin filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. If you’re not in cancer treatment, your hair follicles divide every 23 to 72 hours. But as the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair,” the organization wrote.


Image credits: mandyparksphotography


Image credits: mandyparksphotography

People who are having chemotherapy, can experience both gradual and dramatic hair loss: clumps in their hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on their pillow. “Whichever way it happens, it’s startling and depressing, and [people] will need a lot of support during this time.”


Image credits: mandyparksphotography


Image credits: mandyparksphotography

And while some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on a person’s head, others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on their legs, arms, or underarms.

“The extent of hair loss depends on which drugs or other treatments are used, and for how long. The various classes of chemotherapy drugs all produce different reactions.”


Image credits: mandyparksphotography


Image credits: mandyparksphotography

Some of the people who begin chemotherapy and start losing their hair want to cut it very short to ease into the transition. It’s really challenging. Losing your hair may make you feel less attractive and seductive.

In Kelsey and Charlie’s situation, it’s clear that the intimacy they have with each other doesn’t depend on looks. Their bond is a testament to couples that appearance is just a minor player in what truly matters.


Image credits: mandyparksphotography


Image credits: mandyparksphotography

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