Husband Shares Shocking Photo of His Dying Wife That Every Woman Needs to See Immediately

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Although the following photo might be upsetting to some, Elliott Lowe wants every man and woman to not only see it but also to learn from it. This grieving husband posted a before-and-after collage of his wife, Donna, on the anniversary of her cancer diagnosis to show what this disease did to the love of his life in just eight months. Elliott realizes that his wife's stage 4 cervical cancer could have been caught much sooner and hopes that her dying image will haunt others in a positive way -- by ensuring that women get the screening on time that could have saved Donna's life.

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Days before Christmas in 2016, Elliott's "everything" received the devastating cancer news. The mother of four young children soon learned that the disease had already spread to her lymph nodes and pelvic area making the diagnosis that much more grim. "Despite a very hard, but brutal fight against the cancer involving daily radiotherapy for six weeks and a chemotherapy session, a session which had to stop due to complications, it was a diagnosis that was to claim her life," Elliott wrote on Facebook. "I am sharing this with you today a year after her diagnosis to encourage everyone reading this to make sure that we take it upon ourselves to ensure that the special women in our lives in fact all women in our lives be they relatives or friends to attend their Cervical Screening (once called smears) and not to either miss them or forget to re-arrange."

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Elliott Lowe/Facebook

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Elliott explained that life got busy and like many women, Donna postponed her screening without thinking it was a big deal. "Believe me I’ve tried to remember and there’s not a day goes by I wish I could swap places with her or wish I’d dragged her to the appointment and re-arranged it for her," he wrote. "Cervical screening (smear) takes only minutes, I am aware its not the most comfortable or dignified of experiences for women to go through but the consequences of missing one devastates life’s for everyone connected and will do for generations to come, I wake up every morning alone, bring my kids up alone.. yes I have family around me supporting me, and I’m truly thankful for that, but it’s never the same nor will it be."

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Elliott Lowe/Facebook

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After his wife "paid the ultimate price" for missing her screening, Elliott hopes that he can help save others. "Let’s not let other families go through this immense pain we face daily let’s fight Cancer together as early detection saves lives," he wrote. "I know this as I’m still in contact with women and their families who were being treated at the same time as my wife and who have been given the all clear. I’m so proud of how hard my wife fought against this devastating disease despite her knowing the awful truth that it would eventually claim her life."

Yes, the image that Elliott posted of Donna is upsetting but that's exactly why he begs you to share it with everyone that you love. "I needed to demonstrate how devastating Cancer is," he wrote. "Please share this post with your friends and ask them to do the same together we can beat cancer and save lives don’t let another family go through the pain we go through everyday."

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