Bald. Sallow skin. Dark circles under the eyes. Swollen cheeks. That’s what most of us see when we picture someone with cancer.
But Mamamia‘s Head of Video Briony Benjamin is trying to disrupt that image.
The 32-year-old has – as she likes to put it – just “kicked cancer’s butt”. She’s officially in remission nine months after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma – a cancer of lymphatic system.
But in depths of her chemotherapy treatment, enduring waves of nausea, her long, blonde hair gone, she turned the lights and the camera on herself for a fabulous Hollywood-inspired Instagram series.
“I was keen to put some other imagery out there around lymphoma and cancer. So that it’s not all just doom and gloom,” she said. “Because, actually, you’re still you. Your personality doesn’t just go away.”
Finding out you have cancer can make you a little Furiosa. ⚡️ Did you know a common sign of cancer can be a change in mood? Looking back it’s easy to connect the dots but at the time it was confusing. ✨ I’d stopped looking forward to events, activities and even holidays because the thought of them was exhausting! Usually an avid goal setter I was struggling to make personal goals or think of anything outside of getting through work then wanting to rest, do yoga and eat well. It was my bodies way of saying – all is not well. ???? It’s exciting to be getting my energy back day by day and feeling pumped about the next chapter. Channeling my inner #charlizetheron @charlizeafrica ???? As always thanks to my art director/stylist/makeup artist/mum. And thanks to Luke Bowra for your skillz! #madmax #madmaxfuryroad #georgemiller #furyroad #cancerawareness #lymphoma #lymphomaawareness #fierce #cancersurvivor #hodgkinslymphoma