Woman, 30, reveals photo taken HOURS before she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

The photo that hid a ticking timebomb: Woman, 30, reveals picture taken HOURS before she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer – after doctors dismissed her fears because she LOOKED healthy

  • Vicky Veness, 30, from Cheltenham, shared photo taken hours before diagnosis
  • She said her symptoms had initially been ‘brushed off’ by doctors as asthma
  • The fitness fanatic described herself as a runner, non-smoker and healthy eater 

Many of us will have an idea in our minds of what a typical cancer sufferer looks like.

But one personal trainer has set out to overturn those preconceptions after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer – despite looking perfectly fit and healthy.

Vicky Veness, 30, from Cheltenham, shared a photograph of herself that was taken just hours before the devastating diagnosis, explaining that ‘when you have cancer you won’t necessarily look ill on the outside’.

The fitness fanatic – who describes herself as a non-smoker and healthy eater – said her symptoms had initially been ‘brushed off’ by doctors as being asthma, and revealed that it has taken 18 months for her to be diagnosed with lung cancer.

 Personal trainer Vicky Veness, 30, from Cheltenham, shared a photograph of herself that was taken just hours before she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer 

Personal trainer Vicky Veness, 30, from Cheltenham, shared a photograph of herself that was taken just hours before she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer

In her Facebook post, she wrote that 'when you have cancer you won't necessarily look ill on the outside' 

In her Facebook post, she wrote that ‘when you have cancer you won’t necessarily look ill on the outside’ 

‘This photo was taken a few hours before I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I’m 30 years old, a personal trainer, runner, non smoker and healthy eater.

‘When you have cancer you won’t necessarily look ill on the outside. The symptoms might be much more subtle and only show themselves occasionally.

The fitness fanatic - who describes herself as a non-smoker and healthy eater - said her symptoms had initially been 'brushed off' by doctors as asthma 

‘Unfortunately my symptoms were brushed off as asthma by many general practitioners.’

She continued: ‘The moral of the story is this, if you feel unwell for whatever reason, it doesn’t matter how silly you might think it might be, see your doctor, question everything and keep going back until you get the answers you need.

‘This has been the most emotionally and physically challenging week of my life, but now it’s time to fight this!’

Explaining her decision to share her post, Vicky told FEMAIL: ‘I decided it was important to share my post in order to highlight that cancer really can affect anybody, in any walk of life.

Vicky (pictured with fiance Ian) said the moral of the story was to 'question everything' if you're feeling unwell, no matter 'how silly you think it might be'. She added that she is determined to fight her illness 

Vicky (pictured with fiance Ian) said the moral of the story was to ‘question everything’ if you’re feeling unwell, no matter ‘how silly you think it might be’. She added that she is determined to fight her illness 

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