This Fitness Blogger Says She Won't Let Her Ovarian Cancer 'Take Away Her Fight And Her Faith'

"This is the toughest battle I have and will ever face, but I know I can do it."

A year ago, Cheyann Shaw was competing in her very first fitness show and training to do more. After she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in August 2016, the fitness blogger had to give up the competitions so she could focus on treatment.


The Seattle-based blogger was previously sharing her fitness journey on social media, and is continuing to share messages of encouragement and positivity as she battles cancer. 

In a recent Instagram post, she opened up to her 193,000 followers about how cancer has affected her body and how she will not let the disease take everything from her:

"This is hard for me to post ... Left- Before we knew I had cancer. I was a solid 130lbs and 15% body fat. Also, [I] 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 too 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"

Shaw told TODAY that her faith is one of the things that is helping her to stay strong and positive. She explained that she wants to continue to share her story on social media so she can help change people's perceptions of cancer.

"People think that when you have cancer, you have no chance left and stop living their lives. That is so false. I wanted to show people that just because I have cancer, doesn't mean I will stop living and doing the things I love. I want to help people and inspire people," she said.


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