Crowns of Courage Cancer Warrior meets henna tattoo artist

Michelle is a wife, a mother, and a cancer warrior. Her treatment has included multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy. One of the main side effects of chemotheraphy is hair loss. When Michelle lost her hair, henna tattoo artist Amanda offered to celebrate her fight against cancer with a henna tattoo crown.

The henna tattoo is made with a paste made of crush henna plants. When this paste is applied to the skin and left for few hours, it leaves orange to dark maroon stain in the skin which fades away in 7 to 14 days.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

"My spirit animal is a bear... fierce and strong."
Michelle is undergoing her second round of chemotherapy in her fight against breast cancer.
"I'm not ashamed of my scars. This body has been through a lot, and I want people to see the beauty in my fight."
Strong and defiant.

Makeup by Tara Pennington of Artistic Enhancements.

Henna body art by Amanda Joy Gilbert, Happy Henna

All photography by Dave Burgess of Studio 616 Photography. Contact me at 616.443.5010, or by email at All photos ©2016 Dave Burgess, Studio 616 Photography, Grand Rapids MI.

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All photos ©2016 Dave Burgess, Studio 616 Photography, Grand Rapids MI

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