Breast Cancer Patient Throws A 'Shave My Head' Party To Celebrate First Day Of Chemotherapy

A cancer patient marked the start of her chemotherapy by throwing a "shave my hair" party for her friends and family.

Amber Arkell, from Aukland, New Zealand, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 26.

She's since shared updates about her condition to the Facebook page ‘When Things Went Tits Up', which has gained thousands of followers from people around the world.

Last week, around 50 of Arkell's loved ones gathered in her back garden for a barbecue. They drank champagne and raised a toast while she had her head shaved.

"I’m a bit of a control freak so as soon as I was diagnosed I was almost relieved as I could make a plan to shave my hair," she told the Daily Mail Australia.

"As a female you really identify with your hair as something of beauty – I didn’t want to wait for it to fall out."

After the big event, Arkell posted an image of her newly shaved head onto Facebook saying the party was "the most liberating, amazing, humbling and most loved moment of [her]entire life".

She added: "Today we marked the start of a calendar year of treatment, struggle, highs and lows.

"Today I was surrounded by the most beautiful, amazing most loving human beings on this planet. Today my friends and family shaved my head.

"From the bottom of my heart I can not thank you all enough xoxo lets do this."

She later posted the below video to tell her followers how her first session of chemotherapy went.

Update and a big thank you x

Posted by When things went tits up on Tuesday, 23 February 2016

In the clip she jokes: "I'm surprisingly feeling pretty good, but that could possibly have something to do with the amount of saline they've put through me."