Beth Pendergrass, from New Mexico in the US, takes funny pictures of herself dressed as pop culture characters from famous pictures and movies and posts it on Instagram.
When a friend of Beth’s cut her hair into a pixie cut for chemotherapy, she noted Beth resembled Julie Andrews’ character from the Sound of Music.
“A friend told me I looked like Fräulein Maria from Sound of Music,” Beth told CBS News. "So as a joke, I took a picture of myself, placed it next to a picture of Maria from Sound of Music and sent it to my friend."
The comparison sparked Beth, who has more than 1 200 followers on Instagram, to start dressing up as iconic people, both real and fictional.
“Through research, I had learned that a number of individuals impacted by cancer recommended keeping a journal.
“I knew I didn’t want to keep just any journal. I wanted a clever way to document my journey – to take a challenging experience and turn it into something positive, and this was it,” she says.
“My pictures keep me focused on the positive. They give me an outlet to share my experiences and even to work through the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis.”
Week 29: “The message I want to give my fans is, always have a way to pull yourself out of the dark place. Don’t sit and cry about it. Have your moment, and then get over it.” Jessie J. (Picture from This Christmas Day album cover) The truth is I have lots of moments and they can come at anytime--driving, in my office, at home, at a doctor's appointment, in bed at night, etc. The wave of fear and frustration hits, and I have a moment. I allow these moments but I keep them brief and to myself. I don't think it makes me weak. I think we all need moments. I read something this week that said, "Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you." I think having a way to pull yourself out of those dark places and move forward takes strength and courage. For me, I refocus my thoughts of fear and frustration and remind myself of all the blessings I have--incredible family and friends who take care of me and make me laugh, a job I love and a wonderful work family, amazing opportunities and experiences that have shaped me--the list goes on. I refuse to allow those dark places to take over. I will have my moments, then I will get over it and get through it. #cancersucks #cancerwarrior #breastcancer #susangkomen #StandUpToCancer #breastcancersurvivor #bethstrong #jessej
Beth – whose dress-ups include the likes of Miss Piggy, Barbara Streisand and David Bowie – has had surgery to remove the lump in her breast and will soon start radiation therapy, ABC News reports.
“The pictures and words I write are reminders to me,” Beth says. “I’ll be able to look back on them and remember that I’m a strong person – I’m a survivor and a fighter.
“It’s nice that I could help others while helping myself.”