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While undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Brazilian artist Maritana Quaresma (@maritanaquaresma) transformed her Instagram feed into a cancer diary. “I wrote and drew when I was sick. I didn’t wait until I felt better to write about it,” says the 29-year-old from Rio de Janeiro. After several non-Portuguese-speaking friends expressed concern over her illness, Maritana added English captions. “All over the world people were sick too, and they felt very strong when they saw my drawings. I started getting messages from here in Latin America, sometimes Europe, sometimes Asia,” she explains. “It was like I had a power that I didn’t realize, and I could make people feel good.” After two surgeries and six months of chemotherapy, Maritana is in remission. “I don’t regret it, even if I have my limitations. This is me.” Photo illustration by @maritanaquaresma

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With just a few marker strokes, pro doodler Jon Burgerman (@jonburgerman) turns two New York City traffic barrels into a couple of surprised characters. #WHPiseefaces Photo illustration by @jonburgerman

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In Sicily, a bug-eyed face appears to be playing hide-and-seek behind a yellow car in this #WHPiseefaces submission by Enza (@enza8317).

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Andrés Carrión (@andresete.geo) steps back from the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain, to reveal a big smile that greets passers-by. #WHPiseefaces Photo by @andresete.geo

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Aravis Dolmenna (@aravisdolmenna) set out to make a splash with this coffee-sipping character for #WHPiseefaces. ☕️ Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from last weekend’s project. Photo by @aravisdolmenna

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Last weekend, 17-year-old Hannah Barker (@nxtures) traveled from Essex to Margate, England, to attend Geek 2017 — a three-day gaming festival for all ages. For Hannah, a student and part-time Disney princess, work and play don’t look much different: “The cosplay masquerade was the highlight for me,” she says of the event, which housed retro games, virtual reality and more inside Dreamland, an amusement park that dates back to the 1800s. “I dressed up as Rapunzel. It’s the first costume I ever made myself. I’ve added lights and 1,000 rhinestones to the skirt by hand. Eventually, my dream is to design costumes for Disneyland.” Check out our story to see more of Hannah’s time at Geek 2017.

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Hello, world! It’s time to meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Here’s Manny (@yoremahm) — aka “The Selfie Cat” — who, as you can see, understands the power of a portrait. This rescued gray Tabby is often seen posing with canine pals and is always clawing to be the center of attention in his shots. Don’t miss any of this outdoor cat’s adventures. Follow @yoremahm stat.

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Love is in the air on the Canary Islands where Lydia Farray (@alataalde) spotted a pair of pink angels strolling hand-in-hand. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @alataalde

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This week was sentimental for friends Akihito Nagata (@abu888) and Yurie (@yuuuuuriiie), who began collaborating after they met on Instagram, because Yurie will be moving to Tokyo. “I love this circular window,” says Akihito. “It perfectly frames the cityscape of Osaka and the backlight creates solid silhouettes.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo of @yuuuuuriiie by @abu888

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A self-described “crafty gal,” Holly Fox (@hol_fox) always had a project. She bejeweled pumpkins, built gingerbread houses — and then she shifted her focus to cookies when she realized royal icing mixed just like paint. “I’m constantly thinking about composition and color,” says Los Angeles-based Holly, who became a graphic designer straight out of college. “My styling and cookie shapes reflect my graphic design style — nice and tidy. I’ve really tried to make colorful and clean my signature style!” She started posting sets of cookies three years ago and, according to Holly, she hasn’t slept since. 😉 #MadeToCreate Watch our Instagram story to see Holly bake and decorate a batch of these beauties. Photo by @hol_fox

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