A woman who was thrilled to finally be winning her battle with the bulge was devastated to find out she actually had cancer.
Melanie Swan-Horton saw herself go from a size sixteen to a size ten, and couldn’t have been happier.
But the weight loss came with a downside; Melanie was prone to bouts of lethargy along with her dramatic weight loss, which she put down to the hours she was spending in the gym.
It wasn't until it was too late that she realised these were actually symptoms of bowel cancer, which, because she waited so long to see a doctor, is now terminal.
"I genuinely thought I was slimmer, fitter and happier than ever. When I heard them say incurable cancer I was shocked and devastated," Ms Horton-Swan told The Daily Mail.
After bouts of surgery and chemotherapy, Melanie has been told there is nothing more doctors can do and she's now in palliative care.
Melanie is using her story to warn other women not to ignore the warning signs, and to inspire cancer victims to keep fighting.
"I’m mentally and physically exhausted and I’m finding it hard to keep going at the moment but I don’t want to let this horrible disease win," she says.