Like most young girls longing for the love of their Prince Charming,Q May Chen spent many of her childhood days dreaming up her perfect fairytale wedding.
She envisioned an elaborate photoshoot complete with close family, bridesmaids holdingsavory-sweetbouquets, and of course, her handsome knight in shining armor by her side.
When I was younger, I loved to dress up and always hoped that I would one day be able to do my own wedding shoot when I got married, shetold BuzzFeed.
But at the ripe age of 27those childhood dreams came crashing down on Q Maywhen she heard the most dreaded words in the oncology world: Stage Four.
Back in 2013, the Taiwan nativewas diagnosed with stage two breast cancer and was thankfully declared cancer-free after treatment. But her remission didnt prove to be as resilient as she hoped.
Just two short years later, the Big C came back stronger than ever, this time worsening to stage four. Receiving the terminal diagnosis quickly triggered Q May to reorient her perspective on life and make the most of the time she had left.
I couldnt have known that stage four cancer was waiting for me, but Im making the most of the limited time we all have, she said.
Q Maydidnt have a groom, but that didnt mean she couldnt give herself the gift of a childhood dream come true.
Sofor her birthday, thats exactly what she did.
I waited, but then I got sick again, said Chen. That was when I finally decided that this was something I needed to do.
Since taking the solo series of breathtaking photos, Q May says shes never felt so empowered.
I realized that even though I am alone, I can accomplish so much in life, she said. You dont need to wait for someone to complete you.
Since the photoshoot, Q May hascontinued to step out of her comfort zone by doing things she once deemed impossible, like getting her drivers license, so she can travel wherever her dreamers heart desires.
The next adventure shehas planned is to travel to Bali with her mother for what would have been her honeymoon.
Though shes got a tough battleahead of her, Q May prays that her story may bring encouragement to others who are fighting for their life.
She perceives her grim diagnosis not as a death sentence, but rather, an opportunityfor Godto grow her into a stronger woman.
I feel like sometimes it may seem like God has made you fall over, but maybe its actually Him pushing you to achieve something more.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope.~Romans 5:3-4