This Viral Photo Shows How Ovarian Cancer Can Change Your Body

When fitness Instagrammer Cheyann Shaw found out she had ovarian cancer in August, the diagnosis challenged her identity. She'd prided herself on keeping her body strong, but suddenly, its very survival was at stake.

Two photos posted to her Instagram @cheymarie_fit two months ago show how the disease changed her, Self reports. In one, posted about a year ago, she's showing off a bikini in a fitness show. In the second, she's bald from chemotherapy — but still smiling.

She explained that she hasn't given up her enthusiasm for fitness — or any of her passions. "Thankfully, we have caught it in enough time that I am still able to fight and can kick ovarian cancer's ass and be in remission one day, hopefully soon," she wrote. "I still go to the gym, I still laugh, cry, sing (horribly), and just enjoy each and every second of every single day."
In another set of photos posted two weeks ago, she reveals the weight loss that resulted from the chemo. But she still shares a message of hope.

"This is the toughest battle I have and will ever face, but I know I can do it," she wrote. "The hardest part of all this is my body change. I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror, but I'm learning to love myself again, and I know this is only temporary. Once I get the clear light to workout, I'll be in the gym banging those weights."

This is hard for me to post... Left- Before we knew I had cancer. I was a solid 130lbs and 15% body fat. Also had a nice little booty growing back there. - - Right- Taken yesterday. Stage 4 Low Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer. After almost 14 days in the hospital, a poop bag, and a major surgery; I stand at 105lbs. That's way to small for me. I'm 5"5. I lost everything. Cancer has taken so much from me. The body I worked so hard for 2 years to get, the ability to have and carry my own child, my hair, and so much more, but one thing for sure is that cancer has not taken my fight and faith. - - I will never stop fighting. I will never lose my faith. I will never let cancer win. Today has been a rough day for me mentally, but that's okay. I know tomorrow will be much better and I'm thankful to be alive and to see another day. I know GOD is up there working and I know he will give me the strength to fight, the light to see in the darkness, and will lay his healing hands on me. - - This is the toughest battle I have and will ever face, but I know I can do it. The hardest part of all this is my body change. I have a hard time looking at myself in the mirror but I'm learning to love myself again and I know this is only temporary. Once I get the clear light to workout, I'll be in the gym banging those weights💪🏻💪🏻 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile #cheystrong

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While ovarian cancer is rare in women in their 20s like Shaw, doctors recommend getting a pelvic exam every two years to check for it.

In addition to chemo, Shaw has undergone a hysterectomy and surgery on her colon, appendix, and spleen, according to People. She's hopeful that she's gotten it under control in time, and her resolution to stay positive in the meantime is inspiring.
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