A Japanese fashion photographer stopped me on Prince Street, Nolita and asked if he could photograph me. He said he liked my style and that in Japan, women don't shave their head; little did he know why my hair is so short! This is just ten days after I got out of the hospital from my mastectomy; my clothes are loose to hide the bloody drains coming out of my left side. He asked if he could include my photo on his fashion blog, CHUMOKU, I was flattered. Today was the first day I went out in public without a hat or a wig; he made my day!

photos by Kosuke Ichizaki