Emily Helck is sharing her battle with breast cancer, one photo at a time.
The 29-year-old New Jersey resident was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2012. Every week following her diagnosis, Helck took a picture of herself and then turned the photographs into a time lapse to document her personal journey.
The one-minute video is an honest look at the physical transformation she underwent during her treatment, including shaving her head, losing weight and wearing drainage tubes. But Helck's photos also shine a light on her emotional struggles — she rarely smiles in the pictures.
Helck's treatments included a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and a course of the drug Herceptin.
Helck posted the video on her blog, "Real Tumors of New Jersey" (a play on Bravo's reality TV show Real Housewives of New Jersey) on Sunday. It has garnered almost 250,000 views since then.
“I feel, I don’t know, separate from this person somehow, even though the last photos are from just a few days ago,” she wrote in her blog. “I feel like the girl in the photos made it through pretty unscathed, though the look on her face sometimes makes me sad.”
Helck finished her treatment at the end of August and is currently in the process of reconstruction.
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