Bikini competitor's photo shows just how much cancer changes your body

Cheyann Shaw is used to people looking at her body. The 23-year old fitness model and bikini competitor blogs about her daily life working out, weight lifting and competing. She's also recently married!

But today, her Instagram is filled with less photos of her in workout gear, and more photos of her in a hospital bed. Cheyann was recently diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, which she's undergoing treatment for in Seattle.

She told People:

"When I was first diagnosed, I was scared, but it went away quickly. I knew that I had no choice but to fight. I wasn't going to let cancer win. I also knew that my husband and family need me and there is no way I am leaving them. So that is when I put my boxing gloves on and got in the ring to knock cancer out."

Aside from chemotherapy, she's had her spleen, part of her colon, appendix and uterus removed. She's been documenting her body's transformation on her Instagram.

This is hard for me to post... Left- Before we knew I had cancer. I was a solid 130lbs and 15% body fat. Also 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 to 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💪🏻💪🏻 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile #cheystrong

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"It was tough to see all my muscle and hard work disappear. It is still tough for me to see my old pictures when I was fit and had a ton of muscle—it is a struggle for me," she said in the interview to People.

But Cheyann is committed to the fight and so are her followers.

"I look different and it's new to me, but it's only temporary, just like this battle. This fight is all mental and I knew if I left how my body looks bring me down, then cancer has won."

Scroll through to see more of Cheyann's journey:

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Starting my first round of my new Chemo. It's gonna be a long day today but oh well! Just kicking cancers ass one day at a time 💪🏻💙 - - Got all my @seahawks gear on because it's BLUE FRIDAY!!💙💚🏈 - - I just also joined the glasses club🤓 Chemo has affected my eye sight so it's like a whole new world now that I'm able to see things clearly again😬 But today has been a great day and there's a ton of snow at my house; so, "Do you wanna build a snowman?!"☃️⛄️ And yes, I just quoted a song from Frozen💁🏼 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile #godisnotdead
Happy Sunday everyone!!! - - My Q&A is finally live on my YouTube Channel, so go check it out😁😁 Link is in the bio 💕💕 - - Today has been a great day. I got to spend time with family, went to church and heard an amazing message from God, went shopping, and finally got my video up. Now it's time for me to cuddle under my heater blanket and catch up on some of my favorite YouTubers videos 😁😬 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile #godisnotdead
This is hard for me to post... Left- Before we knew I had cancer. I was a solid 130lbs and 15% body fat. Also 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 to 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💪🏻💪🏻 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile #cheystrong
Post surgery update!! - - It's been about 2 almost 3 weeks since surgery and I'm feeling great. I've only been home for a couple days but it feels amazing. So I have a nice little scar and that bag.....that bag is my "poop bag" - - There unfortunately was cancer on my colon so they had to take some colon out and to give it time to heal redirected everything to my side. I'll have this bag for about 3 months and will get everything reversed and be back to normal. But for now I can walk and poop so don't judge me 👌🏻 - - When they were in surgery they did find out I'm actually Stage 4 because the cancer was in my spleen and I do have cancer in my lymph nodes, but I'm not worried. Just another bump to get over and with GOD by my side I'm not scared. I'll be fine and GOD will get me through this. I have a story to tell and I'm not done telling it and GOD knows that🙏🏻 - - I'm proud of my scar and "poop bag" because it already shows that I'm a fighter and a survivor. I wear my war wounds proudly💙💪🏻💪🏻 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #smile
And it's surgery time! Please send some prayers and positive vibes my way💙🙏🏻🙏🏻 - - Hopefully once this is over, I'll be one step closer to being cancer free☺️😁 - - Oh and Happy Halloween!!👻🎃🎃 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #country #countrymusic #countrygirl #happyhalloween #surgery
I still got some muscles 💪🏻 and 12 days till surgery😳 - - Truthfully, I have been struggling with the fact that I'm not able to throw up some heavy weights and not being the strongest women in the gym ( I'm very competitive🙃) - - It's hard from going from squatting close to 160lbs and being able to curl 30lbs with ease; to having to curl/do any upper body with light weight because I can't risk my port implant moving (it's in my chest) and struggling to squat 100lbs😥 - - But at the end of the day, my strength is coming back, my arms are still decent size and my booty is growing💪🏻👌🏻 With surgery in 12 days, I'll be out from working out probably around 6 weeks. So I'll be starting at square one again but that's okay. That just means I'll come back better and stronger and I'll also have a new badass scar👍🏻 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #cheystrong #seattleseahawks #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #follow #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #motivation #squat #squatspo #countrygirl #country #countrymusic
3rd round of Chemo!! Don't mind the spray tan, I still have to wash it off 😂 My hair is slowly starting to fall out/thin out but the good news is, I will still have my hair for the wedding on Friday❤️❤️ I'm still in great spirits and don't stop smiling. Oh and I finally figured out the best way to poop. Thank you MiraLAX💩😁😂 #CheyStrong #OvarianCancerAwarenessMonth #TealRibbon #fitness #fitfam #fitlife #fitspo #bestself #selflove #bodypositive #npcbikini #bikiniathlete #squats #motivation #nevergiveup #cantstopme #fuckcancer
I woke up like this, I woke up like this!☺️🤗 - - Don't mind the bedhead, I sleep hard😅😅 I woke up feeling pretty good and looking a little lean and the little cake has been baking 🍰🍰🍑 - - Today is gonna be a busy day, so to see "the in the life" follow me on snapchat👻-- cheymarie22👻 - - #summer #summertime #fitness #fitspo #fitlife #fitfam #bestself #selflove #npc #npcbikini #npccompetitor #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #gluteday #summer16 #gluteworkout #bodypositive #asthetic #bodybuilding #tattoos #gymshark #ghostiscoming #ghost #ravishsands #alphalete #youtube #love
Emergency surgery for me it is!💉😩 - - I'm nervous, but in good spirits👍🏻 - - I can't wait to have some water and eat😁 - - #fitness #fitlife #fitgirl #fitspo #fitfam #squats #squatspo #bodypositive #bestself #selflove #converse #npc #npcbikini #npccompetitor #bodybuilding #gym #gymspo #motivation #girlswithmuscle #ravishsands #gymshark #apeathletics #wishmeluck
Second round of chemo done👊🏻 - - I promise I'm smiling under the mask😉😷 - - Time to eat and get some rest because I'm exhausted and ready to snuggle up under my blankets and enjoy the sound of the rain 💤 - - Cancer is what I have, but not who I am. You can't let the hard times in life become your identity. You must acknowledge your struggle but you can not let it change who you are. Cancer has snuck in my life and made a bit of a mess, but this mess will be cleaned up in no time because cancer messed with the wrong girl. - - YOU CANT BREAK ME☺️🖕🏻 - - #npc #npcbikini #ifbb #npccompetitor #bikini #bikinicompetitor #bikinifitness #bikiniathlete #chickswholift #fitlife #fitspo #fitlife #inspiration #happiness #womensfitness #womenshealth #womenwholift #motivation #squat #ovariancancer #tealribbon #chemo
It's crazy where life can take you in just a short year. - - This time last year, I was on stage competing in my first fitness show💪🏻 Now I'm fighting for my life. - - The picture on the left is around the time they think my cancer started to form and we just caught it in August. Thankfully we have caught it in enough time that I am still able to fight and can kick Ovarian Cancers ass and be in remission one day, hopefully soon💙 - - At the end of the day, my life isn't where I ever expected it to be, but I'm thankful I am where I am. I truly believe God has a plan for me and I believe it's to help and inspire people. Just because you are going thru something, doesn't mean you stop living. I still go to the gym, I still laugh, cry, sing (horribly🙃), and just enjoy each and 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 me from living my life to the fullest👍🏻💙 - - #fuckcancer #ovariancancer #selflove #bestself #fitspo #fitfam #fitlife #gymspo #npc #npcbikini #npcbikinicompetitor #npcathlete #gymshark #alphalete #squats #loveyourself #youtube #follow
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