Amazing Artists!

Today I pay tribute to two incredible artists who are the best at their craft.

1a039d3b3aa9d4adef8bfee00982726fBut let me start from the beginning.  As you know, my hair started falling out last week as a result of the chemotherapy.  I hung on to it for as long as I could until it was impossible as bald patches started appearing randomly all across my head.  it was not pretty.  So my beautiful friend and hair stylist, Afsan, came to the rescue and shaved my head, with Nagib looking on nervously.

2016-03-31 002The next day, my friend Tarquin Singh came home and applied a stunning henna crown on my head.  Tarquin operates a company called Henna Planet. This is the third time I have worked with Tarquin, as I have lost hair from cancer treatment three times in the past 4 years.  She designs crowns after consulting with the client, so it is a wonderful process of co-creativity.  I told her to find a way to include the words, “when you choose hope” at the back of the crown.  And she did!


Next, I connected with my friend Chris Hughes from A Nerd’s World to ask if he could take pictures of the henna crown experience to preserve the memory of the event.  I met Chris four years ago as part of my journey through cancer when he offered a promotion to take complimentary pictures of individuals battling cancer. I took him up on it! Since then Chris and I have kept in touch and developed an abiding friendship.  Chris assigned Kenneth Appiah from A Nerd’s World to take the pictures.

Here is a gallery of pictures that bring the Henna Crown design by Tarquin Singh and the creativity of photographer Ken Appiah together, in perfect harmony.  It is yet another reminder for me that cancer, if you choose to, can bring interesting people into your life, and can allow for creative expressions and experiences that make difficult times very special.

And now, on to Chemotherapy #2.

– Munira.

P.S. When You Choose Hope is my YouTube Channel.  Here you can find "Munira's Journey", a 55-minute film about my first battle with cancer. Also see this blog post: "Once You Choose Hope, Anything is Possible" to find out more about the origins of the phrase.

15 thoughts on “Amazing Artists!”

  1. You look beautiful Munira-you are an inspiration. God bless you to bits. Thinking of you-BEAR HUGS from Far away

  2. Love the fancy “head art” ! Sending you healing and loving energy, Munira. Strength, power and courage to you all.

  3. How neat is that! You are an amazing woman. Hang in there. We think and pray for you everyday.
    Lynda and Dave

  4. Wow, your henna crown is amazing!! You can totally get away with never wearing a wig! But I know they are fun and playful – so you just have another fantastic option – with is au natural. Hope to see you soon XOX

  5. Beautiful! When you choose hope you create incredible things, experiences, connections and you sure grow people Munira.

  6. There you go with a beautiful smile as ever. You look gorgeous as usual. Keep up with the spirit all the way. Our prayers for your good health, peace, strength, barakah and fulfillment of all your good wishes. Ameen.

  7. Mukhiani Maa you look beautifull – keep up the spirit. Ever smiling and giving courage to others.

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