The distressing truth behind this photo
A NON-SMOKING, fitness fanatic has shared a heartbreaking photo taken just hours before her shock lung cancer diagnosis.
Vicky Veness, 30, from Cheltenham, shared a photograph of herself taken on the same day as her diagnosis, writing that "when you have cancer you won't necessarily look ill on the outside" reports The Sun.
The personal trainer said that it took 18 months for her to be diagnosed with lung cancer after doctors brushed off her symptoms as asthma and said it was important to "question everything" if you feel unwell.
Posting on Facebook, 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. 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.
"Unfortunately my symptoms were brushed off as asthma by many general practitioners."
She added: "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!"
Speaking to MailOnline, she explained her decision to share the photo.
She said: "I decided it was important to share my post in order to highlight that cancer really can affect anybody, in any walk of life."
She also encouraged anyone with a persistent cough to visit their GP and be aware that lung cancer can affect any one as she's worried "healthy looking" people may be overlooked.