Woman shares Instagram photo to show the problem with cancer symptoms

Woman shares Instagram photo to show the problem with cancer symptoms

In a world where we can diagnose every little twinge or ache thanks to websites such as WebMD, it's not difficult to get worked into a stupor over a simple headache or a seemingly never-ending cold. Certainly, I don't know about you, but I have fallen into the dark hole which is self-diagnosis one too many times.

Whether it's over a bruise or a bout of indigestion, the internet appears set on informing me that I'm suffering from some rare and potentially life-threatening disease. As a result, whenever I feel a little under the weather now, I either contact my doctor immediately or stay calm until I have adequate reason to worry.

Certainly, as one breast-cancer warrior has been informing the internet, diseases such as cancer can arrive without any symptoms or previous family history which means that whilst self-diagnosis can be helpful, it's imperative to get regular check-ups from a professional.

34-year-old Kristin Pretorius' cancer diagnosis was quite a shock. It came when the mother-of-two was truly living it up; she was in a happy place in her marriage, committed to raising two, strong and independent daughters and was even outdoing herself at the gym. Certainly, the image below looks like something one would see on a billboard.

But what Kirsten wants us to understand from her journey is that cancer doesn't always have to look like "cancer". That is, you could be leading the healthiest lifestyle in terms of what you eat and how much you exercise, but that doesn't necessarily prevent you from becoming unwell. So regardless of how "fit" you consider yourself to be, it's absolutely essential that you continue to monitor your body and seek counsel if something seems off.

We wish Kirsten luck with journey towards remission. I mean, with that attitude, it's sure to be a speedy one!