This 'Healthy' Mom Wants You to Know the Scariest Part of Her Breast Cancer Discovery

Kirstin Pretorius

When you first see a snapshot of Kirstin Pretorius and her husband, Maurice, from a recent trip celebrating their 10-year anniversary, you might assume that the Australian parents have a pretty perfect life. And the thing about this photo is that when it was first taken, Kirstin would have agreed with you.


"In this picture, I was living with cancer. I just didn't know it yet," she captioned the vacation photo on Instagram.

Husband and wife on vacation before breast cancer diagnosis

Kirstin decided to share this "ironic" photo to prove an important point to all women. "This year marked the peak of my 'health' and my fitness. I've never felt better, stronger, or more comfortable with myself than I did turning 34," she wrote. "My marriage had never been better and my children were thriving."

Yet despite everything being "beautifully bright," and feeling in perfect health, Kirstin kept her routine yearly health check. "And that's when they discovered 'the limp.' The lump," she wrote.

Husband and wife after breast cancer diagnosis

When Kirstin looks at the vacation photo, she sees a blissful moment from a family trip, and yet she can now only think one thing: "KIRSTIN, how can you not know that there are three tumors thriving away in your breast? How can you not FEEL the cancer slipping into your lymph nodes?" she wrote. "Why don't you FEEL sick? How can you be so stupid?!"

Kirstin wants other women to understand that one of the scariest parts of her life-threatening diagnosis is that she simply just didn't know that tumors were growing in her breast, and she didn't feel anything different about her body.

"If my doctor hadn't examined me, I'd still be blissfully unaware, reaching new fitness goals with my body, eating my futile little anti-oxidant high virtually-vegan wonder food diet ... I'd be packing my little plastic-free super food school lunches for my girls, lecturing them on healthy lifestyles. I'd be chemically-free cleaning my home wondering why the whole world doesn't use essential oils. All the while growing and feeding my precious cancer.

Check your boobs. Know your body.

Cancer happens. To anyone."

Woman during breast cancer battle

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