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A woman with cancer is turning her chemo treatments into funny and inspiring photo ops

What a lady.

THIS IS BROADWAY actress Karen Walsh – she was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer earlier this year.

Round 2! The duck face round!

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It’s not an easy situation, but she makes the most of her chemotherapy treatments by playing dress-up with all her friends, and documenting it on Instagram:

The 40-year-old mother of two found out she had cancer after going to the doctor with stomach cramps – the tumours are inoperable, so she has had to endure many rounds of chemo.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Walsh said that she sees the photos as a “coping mechanism” and a way to get her friends and family involved in her treatment.

I have to get through this for my kids… I just don’t have any choice if I want to be around to see my kids graduate from college, or get married or whatever they end up doing.

Here they are taking on superheroes:

(Hamilton fans may recognise Phillipa Soo – AKA Eliza – in the Robin costume there.)

Getting their Star Wars on:

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day:

Forming the Breakfast Club:

And raiding Willy Wonka’s factory:

Karen says that having her friends join her for the photoshoots has helped her get through her treatment:

When people are like “Oh you’re so brave, you’re so inspiring”, sometimes I don’t understand that because I just don’t see how else I would handle this. I need to try everything I can.

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