Mom Shares Chilling Story Behind This Photo With Her Husband

One married mother of two felt better than she ever had before in her life. She was feeling fit and full of energy. She'd been eating right, exercising, and cleaning her home without dangerous chemicals. She never got sick. She thought she was doing everything right, and she felt great for it. But when she went for her routine checkup, the doctor found some bad news. Now, the mom looks back and can't understand how she never saw it coming.

Kirstin Pretorius, with her shiny blonde hair, bright blue eyes and glowing skin, looked like the picture of health. The 34-year-old Australian mom posted a photo of herself and her husband to Instagram that was taken on their 10-year anniversary vacation. She once thought it was just a beautiful photo at a 'blissful' time in her life. When she looks at the photo now, however, she can't help but wonder.

"In this picture, I was living with cancer. I just didn't know it yet," Pretorius wrote. "I've never felt better, stronger, or more comfortable with myself than I did turning 34. My marriage had never been better and my children were thriving. Everything was beautifully bright. But, despite feeling perfectly well, I went for my routine yearly health check. And that's when they discovered 'the limp'. The lump."

A week after the photo was taken, Pretorius went to the doctor for a routine check-up, and the doctor discovered a lump. At first, they thought it was probably nothing. Pretorius was expecting it to be a false alarm - something minor. Checking up on it was just a precaution. She wasn't worried and went for an ultrasound. Then she went for a mammogram. Then a biopsy. Then the bad news came: the lump is cancerous.

She says she was 'horrified' and life changed on a dime for her. She's now fighting for her life.

Pretorius doesn't understand how such ominous things could be going on in her own body without her knowing it. She writes on her Facebook post that she asks herself, "KIRSTIN how can you not know that there are 3 tumors thriving away in your breast? How can you not FEEL the cancer slipping into your lymph nodes? Why don't you FEEL sick? How can you be so stupid?!"

The young mother decided to document her journey on social media. She started a blog and makes regular updates on Instagram. It's been a great way for her to share her progress with her family overseas and all her friends. It's also been very therapeutic for Pretorius, and it makes her feel good to know she's doing her part to raise awareness.

The Sydney woman notes that she's lucky to have a great support system. "My mum flew out from South Africa and my sister came from Italy," she wrote. "The community are really willing to help, and that's one of the best lessons that I've learned... When bad things happen like this, people rally together. They're there for you, even people you don't know well. So that's one beautiful side of cancer, to see the kindness of humanity."

Pretorius says her most important message is to other women: don't take your health for granted. Get your check-ups. You can look and feel perfectly fine, and not know what's lurking deep down in your tissues.

"If my doctor hadn't examined me, I'd still be blissfully unaware. I'd be packing my little plastic-free super food lunches for my girls, lecturing them on healthy lifestyles. I'd be chemically-free cleaning my home wondering why the whole world doesn't use essential oils. All the while growing and feeding my precious cancer," Pretorius said. "Check your boobs. Know your body. Cancer happens. To anyone."

Source: AOL
Photo: Kirstin Pretorius/Instagram

Kirstin shares her story on Instagram.

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