'Look, this is what cancer does to your body'

By Mieke Vlok
07 December 2016

She was once a fit bikini model who was proud of her strong, athletic body.

But then 23-year-old Cheyann Shaw of Seattle, America, developed cancer and it changed her. After aggressive cancer of the ovaries was diagnosed just more than a year ago, Cheyann began to document her battle with the disease on Instagram. She says it has made her faith stronger.

A photo posted by Cheyann Shaw (@cheymarie_fit) on

“My life isn't where I ever expected it to be but I'm thankful I am where I am. I truly believe God has a plan for me and I believe it's to help and inspire people,” she wrote with a photo showing the shocking effect cancer has had on her body.” Before she became ill Cheyann weighed about 59 kg and was strong and healthy, but her weight has dropped to 49 kg because of the cancer.

A photo posted by Cheyann Shaw (@cheymarie_fit) on

“I lost everything. Cancer has taken so much from me. The body I worked so hard for two 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 hasn’t taken my fight and faith.” Her posts have touched internet users and many have praised her for her faith, positive attitude and the awareness she’s creating.

A photo posted by Cheyann Shaw (@cheymarie_fit) on

Although her cancer has spread to her colon, Cheyann says she will keep trusting that she will beat that.

“I'm very positive that everything will go as planned and I know God is always working.”

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