Posted February 23, 2018 06:20:38A woman has been diagnosed with skin cancer after using her own body to share photos of her own scars and scars of cancer.
Ashley Jones, 23, from Birmingham, was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 23, after spending more than a decade in hospital and undergoing chemotherapy.
She shared photos of scars on Instagram with the hashtag #skincancerphotos.
“My friends are always going to love my photos of the scars and my tumours, because they are my own,” she said.
“I’ve got the scars, and it’s like a cancer in there.”
It’s so beautiful and inspiring, it gives me the strength to keep fighting.””
It really makes you feel like you are on your own,” Ms Jones said.
The Instagram account, which has more than 10,000 followers, also included photos of a family member’s chest with a scar, a man with a tumor on his chest, and a friend with a tumour on her face.”
You can just feel how beautiful the tumours are,” Ms Smith said.
Ms Jones said she was concerned about her safety.”
They were like, ‘No, you can’t use this for anyone,’ so I said, ‘I don’t want to risk it’,” she said of the messages.”
The one person that I know, she just died last year, and that was just me, I didn’t do anything to deserve it.
“If you’re not able to have a positive experience with someone, or you’re just a good person, and you want to share something that’s uplifting, I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Ms Jones has since shared more than 20,000 images of her scars, some of which are of her son’s tumours.
“This has changed my life, it’s changed my outlook,” she told ABC Radio Birmingham.
“Even though I had the tumour for three years, I never felt like I was losing my sight.”
And then I found this, and I had to put it up on Instagram, and everyone said, you know what, Ashley, you’re a freak.
“But I have this amazing story and it just feels like everything is connected, and everything is in the right place.”
Ms Smith said she had also found a community of other people who had experienced the same things.
“There’s a group of girls that have gone through this and it was really, really hard to get over it,” she added.
“That’s something I really needed to hear from my friends because I knew so many other people that had that same thing.”