Bella Thurston has been battling ependymoma, a brain and spine cancer, since she was five years old. Her New Mexico middle school recently held picture day, which is typically a day of nervous anticipation. Since she has lost some hair to chemo, Bella strode into picture day with her typical ball cap on.
The photographer said her hat was "against policy."
The photographer told Bella:
You can go fix your hair, take your hat off, or I won’t take your picture.
And Bella opted to forego her pictures.
When recounting the experience, Bella said:
It was just really humiliating and upsetting for me. I was trying hard not to cry. It was just not a good experience.