Photo: Instagram / @ elly.mayday
Body-positive model and activist Ashley Luther, better known as Elly Mayday, died at the age of 30 following a battle with ovarian cancer.
Her family announced the news on Instagram a few days ago in a heartbreaking post.
"Ashley was a country girl in the heart who had a passion for life that was indisputable," she wrote in the post. "She dreamed of influencing people's lives, and she did so by founding Elly Mayday, which enabled her to connect with all of you, and her constant support and love from her followers had a special place in their hearts . "
Although Luther was known as an activist of body-positivity, this role as an influencer went beyond the self-image. She was open about how doctors work. She ignored her symptoms for years before she officially diagnosed cancer, and vigorously campaigned for women's health. She said that she felt that if someone had listened to her, she would have had cancer earlier.
Luther's journey began in 2013 when she went to the emergency room after experiencing excruciating lower back pain. Doctors rejected her pain and said she had to lose weight and everything was fine People (Did you know that female doctors are better than male doctors?)
"The doctor told me to to work on my core, "she said People in 2015." We're undermined to be younger, to be women, I realized that nobody will help me if I do not help myself. "[19659004ThreemoreemergencyrescuetourslaterLuthertellsthemagazinesheknewsomethingwasjustwrongshedemandedmoretestsfromherdoctorsforyearsafterherfirsttriptothehospitalshowedaCTscanthatshehadanovariancyst-andafterabiopsywasofficiallydiagnosedasstage3ovariancancerLuthercontinuedmodelingwhilefightingagainstovariancancerandevenappearedcampaignsaftershehadlostherhairthroughchemoandhadsurgeriesthatleftherbodywithscars
Even before her diagnosis, Luther had set himself the goal of questioning stereotypes. She was considered one of the first curve models to come into the limelight and launched a successful career, although it was said that she would be nothing more than a pin-up model because of her size and size, and she used this experience to women Encourage them to embrace their bodies as they are and ignore haters. Luther u I had several surgeries and chemotherapy. And for a while, her cancer seemed to be in remission. But in 2017, it returned and after another long, hard fight it finally killed her.
Unfortunately, Luther's experience is not a separate incident. Of course, there are the centuries-old stereotypes that women are "hysterical" or "dramatic" in terms of pain – but some of these misconceptions still apply today, even in hospitals and clinics.
A typical example: Studies show that women are more often told than men that their pain is psychosomatic or is influenced by an underlying emotional problem. Not only that, but both doctors and nurses prescribe women less painkillers than men after surgery, although women report more frequent and severe pain.
Recently, actress Selma Blair, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), said that doctors did not take her symptoms seriously for years until she was diagnosed. She cried with joy when she finally told her what was wrong with her.
That's why it was so important for Luther to encourage women to fight for their own health and to express themselves when they knew something was wrong with their bodies.
In her last post before her death, she says she's "I've always been looking for this opportunity to help people," and it turned out that her opportunity was her fight against cancer and share his experiences.
"My decision to be public and to try to share my powers was imminent," she wrote. "I help with my time here being well spent, and I'm lucky to be able to combine it with the fun modeling career, because that's also me (not a surprise), I appreciate all those who let me know have made a difference with my advice, my sharing, my photos and my general approach to a really difficult situation. "