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30-Year-Old Posts Smiling Selfie, Then Reveals She Snapped It Hours Before Lung Cancer Diagnosis

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Many think that the only people who get lung cancer are smokers.

We all know that smoking cigarettes can lead to a higher risk of lung cancer, but you don’t have to be a smoker to get this scary form of cancer.

Even young, seemingly healthy people can get lung cancer, a fact that 30-year-old Vicky Veness recently learned.

Vicky is not only young, she’s also a runner, a personal trainer, a healthy eater, and a nonsmoker. It never even entered her mind that she would be at risk for cancer.

When she started experiencing symptoms, she went to her doctor, who told her it was just asthma. Given her incredible health record, even the doctors didn’t think about cancer.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it was: stage 4 lung cancer.

If Vicky hadn’t listened to her body, doctors may not have caught it until even later. Read Vicky’s story below.

Vicky explained what happened to her on Facebook, where her post quickly got a lot of attention.

Within less than a week, her post had over 2,400 reactions and over 740 shares.

vicky selfie

Vicky wrote:

Just a warning that this post may be upsetting to read.

This photo was taken a few hours before I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

vicky workout

I’m 30 years old, a personal trainer, runner, nonsmoker and healthy eater.

When you have cancer you won’t necessarily look ill on the outside. 

vicky running

The symptoms might be much more subtle and only show themselves occasionally.

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

vicky dog

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.

vicky race

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

Vicky’s friends have been supportive ever since she shared her story.

vicky boyfriend

One woman wrote: “Can’t imagine how you are feeling, but reckon your amazing attitude and strength is gonna be what makes you a survivor. Lots of love.”

Another wrote: “Thank you for caring enough to share this. I hope and pray that you beat this, your beauty is definitely more than skin deep. Sending big hugs and prayers for you and your family.”

vicky fiance

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