It's crazy where life can take you in just a short year. – – This time last year, I was on stage I'm fighting for my life. – – The picture on the left around the time they think my cancer started to grow and just caught it in August. Thank you very much. I can not wait for you to come back! Ovarian Cancers in one day, hopefully soon – – At the end of the day, my life is not there I, I'm thankful I'm where I am. I truly believe God has a plan for me and I believe it's help and inspire people. Just because you are going thru something, does not mean you stop living. I still go to the gym, I still laugh, cry, sing (horribly), and just enjoy every second of every single day. – – Life is all about what you make it out to be; and I'll be damned if I let a little bit of cancer stop my life to the fullest – – #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #selflove #bestself #fitspo #fitfam #fitlife #gymspo #npc #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #npcathlete # gymshark #alphalete #squats #loveyourself #youtube #follow
Fast-forward to today and Shaw is cancer-free.
"I was only 97 pounds and still fighting for my life," she wrote of her "before" photo on the left. "When I was diagnosed with cancer I have lost all my weight and I have worked so hard and in a blink of an eye the mirror. I had a hard time looking at myself. "
The photo was taken recently, she wrote. "Honestly, I cried like a big baby when I saw these pictures next to each other." In 1 year and 4 months I gained 15 pounds back , 1 year of no evidence of disease, and I have never felt happier or more confident in my life the darkness. "
Over the past year, Shaw has shared countless videos of her working out and rebuilding her strength. The gym, she's said, has become a "safe haven" for her as s he works on putting her life back together after surviving cancer. Related Articles Women Are Turning to Exercise to Help Them Reclaim Their Bodies After Cancer)
From a 23 year old, with a six pack; to, then 23 years old with a tumor the size of a beach ball; to now, a 24 year old with some cool scars and kicking Ovarian Cancers butt – Looking back at all my pictures from before, during, and now still shocks me. It's crazy how fast EVERYTHING can change within a year. I've learned in this battle with cancer that I am stronger than I ever imagined. My body is not fighting, but THRIVING AND WINNING this battle with cancer. – – I notice 2 different smiles in these pictures. The difference? The big picture on the left is a woman who has not died. The devil and cancer in eye and gives them the big ol '. The woman on the left, is a woman who knows. – – Within a year my body has gone through a billion rounds of chemo (not really) 5 surgeries and massive changes; but every day my body fights and wins this battle. I love my body MORE NOW even without the muscles and with scars because to me, my body is beautiful and the story my scars I've learned to ALWAYS love myself no matter what and so —- #cheystrong #ovariancancer # godisgood
Through the process, Shaw says she's developed a special appreciation for her body and everything that it's been through. "Within a year my body has gone through a billion rounds of chemo, 5 surgeries, and massive changes; but every day my body fights and wins this battle," she wrote on Instagram. "I love my body MORE NOW even without the muscles and with scars because of me, my body is beautiful and so the story my scars tell." I've learned to ALWAYS love myself no matter what and so you should. "