Indira Jayasuriya, 39, from Kent

Indira was just 31 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a real shock, as she had no family history of the disease. Indira and her husband knew they wanted to have a family and so Indira had some embryos frozen prior to her starting her treatment. Her initial treatment was successful and a few years later in 2012 following IVF, Indira gave birth to her daughter, Thilini, now three years old. But three years later when she was six months pregnant with her second child, she began experiencing severe stomach pains, and was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Her son Dilan, now a healthy one-year old, was delivered prematurely by caesarean section in May 2015, so that Indira could begin her treatment as soon as possible. Indira is a Buddhist, and her positive thinking and outlook has helped her remain strong throughout her treatment for secondary breast cancer, for which there is sadly no cure.

Indira said: “When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, my main concern was the loss of my hair - I wept inconsolably when my hair fell out in the shower. Now, whilst I’m still being treated for secondary breast cancer, I’m getting on with my life and I’m loving being a mum to my two gorgeous children. But appearance is something I’ve definitely struggled with over the years. I’m delighted to be part of this tutorial with ghd – I just couldn’t get on with wigs so learning more about head scarves has been fantastic. I hope that the videos provide support to others affected by breast cancer and need some words of beauty wisdom during or after treatment.”

Behind the scenes of Indira's #NotDefined photoshoot

Lily's Tips

Go for cooler, breathable fabrics like linen, cotton or modal
Pair with a bold lip or statement earrings
Take inspiration from fashion icons like Biance Jagger and Talitha Getty

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