NEW YORK - A series of stunning photographs of a Kentucky woman with terminal cancer has helped her spread the message that people living with the illness can still feel beautiful and sexy.
Jill Brzezinski-Conley, 35, was first diagnosed with cancer at 31 and now has incurable stage-4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones. In August, she took a five-day trip to Paris, where acclaimed Australian photographer Sue Bryce took elegant shots of her in front of the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks in the City of Light.
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"It was a dream come true," Brzezinski-Conley told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Thursday alongside her husband and Bryce. "I felt like Cinderella. I didn't feel like a cancer patient the way that (Bryce) and the rest of the girls made me feel was unbelievable."
After undergoing a double mastectomy, Brzezinski-Conley decided not to wear a prosthetic for the photo shoot. She believes the media doesn't often show what women suffering from breast cancer actually look like and hopes to give people a glimpse while also raising cancer awareness.
"God had a plan for me, this is what I have, (so) accept it, embrace it and be proud of it, and I just rock it,'' Brzezinski-Conley said. "I just want women and men all around the world just to feel confident with their body even if they don't have cancer. I just want to get the message out to women that if you're diagnosed tomorrow, if you already were diagnosed, just to feel confident and beautiful. Accept your body and embrace it."
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