A Taiwanese woman with terminal cancer has inspired people from across the globe by having the courage to pursue her dream of having a wedding photo shoot, even without a significant other to share it with.
In 2015, Chen Bo-yu found out that she had terminal breast cancer shortly after she had been declared cancer-free after spending two years fighting off stage two breast cancer. The diagnosis hit Chen hard. She spent her time crying — for one day. After that, she decided to live life to the fullest and accomplish her dreams.
Last spring, she accomplished her biggest dream. Chen put on four different beautiful wedding dresses and posed for a set up of gorgeous snapshots at an idyllic spot on the outskirts of Taipei. The photos are filled with flowers and church steeples, but conspicuously lack a groom. Chen explains that she couldn’t wait any longer for Mr. Right.
“Every girl dreams of wearing a wedding dress, and I was always waiting for someone to wear the dress for, but after I got sick, I think it is okay to do it alone,” she told Apple Daily earlier this year.
Over the last few months, Chen’s incredible story has been picked up by more and more media outlets. Her solo wedding photos have been featured on the pages of magazines like Cosmopolitan and Brides, and, last week, she was the focus of a video published by the BBC. Chen says that by sharing her story she hopes to raise awareness of breast cancer, along with encouraging others to pursue their dreams as well.
“I was always waiting for someone to appear, to help me fulfill my dreams, including taking wedding photos,” she told the BBC. “Now I choose to fulfill my dreams by myself.”
Since her interview went viral, web users from all over the globe have flocked to Chen’s Facebook page to leave messages of encouragement and thanks. She says that she now plans to take her “honeymoon” in Bali, accompanied by her mother, her biggest supporter.
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