Female bodybuilder documents her cancer fight to inspire other patients

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MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — Cheyann Clark wanted to inspire. So when she got into the best shape of her life, she started her fitness Instagram page.

She had a pretty good following, but her page blew up when she posted this:

Photo courtesy of @cheymarie_fit  Instgram account

Photo courtesy of @cheymarie_fit Instgram account

“I’m used to looking in the mirror and seeing muscle and all my hard work. And it disappeared literally overnight,” Cheyann told KOMO News.

Four months ago, Cheyann was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She’s had multiple surgeries and chemotherapy.

“It’s still hard,” she said, wiping away tears. “I just have a really good support system but finding out I have cancer was pretty hard.”

Hard on her emotionally and hard on her body. She lost 28 pounds, she lost her hair, but she didn’t lose her spirit.

“I could either let this rule my life and take over and die. Or I could put my gloves on, face it and get in the ring and kick its butt. And that’s what I decided to do.”

Cheyann’s revealing selfies went from lean muscle to skin and bones and a surgery scar.

“Everybody’s beautiful, no matter what their body looks like,” she said.

She still uses her Instagram page to inspire.

“I’ve really seen what life is all about and I’ve realized to live each day like it’s your last,” she said.

Cheyann wants to show what cancer does to a body, but she also hopes you see what she sees.

“I see a warrior and somebody who’s ready to battle,” she said.

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