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After She Was Diagnosed With Terminal Breast Cancer, This Woman Decided To Do Her Wedding Photos Solo

"I realized that even though I am alone, I can accomplish so much in life. You don't need to wait for someone to complete you."

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So for her birthday last year, Chen decided to give herself the gift of making a childhood dream come true – by doing her own wedding photo shoot, which she did solo.


Chen said she decided to come forward and tell her story because she wanted to give others who are also going through a hard time the urge to stay alive.

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Her story has since been widely shared and reported by local media, and Chen said she has received countless messages of support from strangers.

"I've done so many things now that I never thought I'd be able to," Chen said. Last year, she got her driving license so that she can "go anywhere she wants without depending on others."

"I couldn't have known that stage four cancer was waiting for me, but I'm making the most of the limited time we all have," she said.

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"Things may feel really bad, but staying alive is the most important thing," she said. "Everything else is insignificant in the face of that."

Kassy Cho is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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