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Claudia Duran - Dental Assistant
Breast and Thyroid Cancer Survivor
Thousand Palms, CA
My name is Claudia Duran I am 36 years old.
I was diagnosed with breast and thyroid cancer on August 19,2014, that is a date you will never forget…I was scared, I couldn’t sleep, I was crying, been a single mom of 3 kids, I was freaking out!! I prayed and God gave me that peace, and strength to fight. I had 16 treatments of chemotherapy, I lost my hair, I had blisters in my mouth, nausea, matal taste, nails turning black, I had 2 blood transfusions and other symtoms. Keeping a positive attitude made a big difference, I was able to spend more time with my kids and hey! I saved a lot of money not buying razors ? looking at my self bald for the first time was shoking, I never wanted to wear wigs, for me showing my bald head was showing the world that I was fighting. I was proud of my bald head and now I am proud of my scars…F cancer!!!
I really wanted to have this underwater experience. It’s something new and different. I was a little nervous, I didnt know what to expect. The pictrures that I’ve seen models look so beautiful, I wanted to look & feel beautiful too.
This experience was awesome!! It was hard for me at first, but then you start to get confortable with the water and it clicks, I felt beautiful and sexy with the movements of the water and the fabrics. It made me forget that I had cancer.
Erena is so sweet and calm, She makes you feel so confortable in the water. I had trouble staying underwater and she was so patient with me…Thank you Erena for making me part of this project and giving me the experience of being a model for a day. The experience of having your pictures taken underwater is so much fun.
When you have cancer you don’t always feel beautiful, but when you are underwater you move your body and with the fabrics you feel beautiful like a mermaid!..I would recommend it 100%
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