This 22-year-old Insta star is documenting her makeup looks while going through chemo, and we’re inspired beyond belief

Strength and beauty displays itself in many different ways. So when we heard about an Instagram star documenting her makeup looks while going through chemo, our hearts cracked open! Amanda Ramirez is a 22-year-old from Compton, California who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 3 cancer back in August. In order to get through the grueling effects of chemo, she has used makeup as a tool to help cope.

“I’ve always been a makeup enthusiast, Ramirez, tells Yahoo Beauty. “I began learning makeup on my own at the age of 19, and ever since then I fell in love with the art of beauty. I was definitely like this prior to the cancer, and it’s helped me immensely with dealing with my treatment. When you look beautiful you feel beautiful.

Through her Instagram posts she showcases her personal faith, and inspires her followers in areas of body confidence. “Self-confidence came from years of learning about myself and learning to love who I am,” she continued in the Yahoo inteview. “For years I was bullied and fat-shamed, but I took the initiative to say enough! I’m beautiful regardless of my size, and it does not define me, nor anyone else for that matter. It’s important to me, because loving yourself is important — it’s vital to your well-being.”

Although Ramirez is very hopeful, she is currently unemployed due to her illness, while also accruing high medical expenses. If you’d like to help, she’s raising money on her GoFundMe page to cover the high costs of treatments.

“There’s a constant feeling of worry that plagues my mind,” she wrote on the fundraising page. “I’m extremely positive, despite the way I physically feel; my mental state is very intact. There are days where I want to give up, but there are many people that look to me for comfort and assurance. I realize that it’s bigger than me; God has given me this to show the world that you can be fierce and strong while having a bit of vulnerability. I hope to inspire and help those who don’t feel they can go on with something that weighs on the heart so heavily.”

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