Mom Documents Cancer Battle, Reminds People to Get Checked

posted by Lance Houston -

Just a few short months ago, Kirstin Pretorius was feeling better than ever.  In her own words, she says,

Ironically, 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. My marriage had never been better and my children were thriving. Everything was beautifully bright. But, despite feeling perfectly well, I went for my routine yearly health check.

That's when doctors found a lump. Then another, and then another. Three tumors were growing in her chest, and the course of her life was drastically altered in an instant. 

Now she's sharing her journey through chemo and treatment, and encouraging others to stay on top of their health!

She says, "So check your boobs. Know your body. Cancer happens. To anyone."


In this picture, I was living with cancer. I just didn't know it yet. Ironically, 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. My marriage had never been better and my children were thriving. Everything was beautifully bright. But, despite feeling perfectly well, I went for my routine yearly health check. And that's when they discovered 'the limp'. The lump. I look at this picture from a simply blissful family holiday celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary and all I can think is... 'KIRSTIN how can you not know that there are 3 tumours thriving away in your breast? How can you not FEEL the cancer slipping into your lymph nodes? Why don't you FEEL sick? How can you be so stupid?!' But I didn't know and I didn't feel. 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. So check your boobs. Know your body. Cancer happens. To anyone. #breastcancer #breastexam #cancersucks #knowyourbody

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This danger space zone is actually me having my first chemo! The scalp 'cooling' machine (ha more like scalp 'freeze' and 'suffocate' machine) was the first challenge. Fortunately once they froze my fingers, the hour of frost bite torture took my mind right of my throbbing scalp. Small victories!! Ooh well, anything to prevent these finger nails from falling off! Challenge number 2 was watching the nurse climb into full toxic waste protective gear (goggles and all) just in case some of my poison splashed... But oh no it's perfectly safe to put it directly into your blood stream! BUT, Chemo one is done and dusted. 👊👊👊 Thank goodness I had my beautiful blankie and pashmina from gorgeous friends to keep me warm all day. 💕 and i felt all the love sent from across the world 💕... Thank you! #breastcancer #chemo #cancersucks #cancerwarrior #scalpcooling #frostbitefighter

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A spot of irony this fine Tuesday. #messyhairdontcare... At least my precious sidekick has enough hair for the both of us! She hasn't left my side the past few days as I slowly unveil from chemo. I've finally managed to reward her with a quick walk, yippee! Seriously, what would I have done without this gorgeous girl?!

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