Nicky Newman, a social media influencer who captured hearts around the world when she opened up about her journey with breast cancer, has died at the age of 35.
Nicky, from the UK, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 30, The Sun reports.
Her story had been tinged with heartbreak as she had tragically miscarried and been diagnosed with incurable metastatic breast cancer within one week.
Her husband Alex shared the devastating news of her death in a statement on their Instagram account, which had been penned by Nicky.
It included her catchphrase – “go grab life”.
The heartbreaking message read: “If you’re reading this it means I have died, I made it 5 & half years though, not bad for a stage 4 breastie ey.
“And none of this ‘she fought her battle nonsense’, I didn’t lose anything, the cancer eventually took over & that’s okay, we all knew this would happen.
“I don’t think we are ever prepared to hear the words, we think we are indestructible & a magic cure will appear, but the truth is we all live this life day to day (we just knew our days are shorter).
“So please promise me to cherish those around you and give your friends and loved ones the biggest squeezes! GO GRAB LIFE! You never truly know what is coming around the corner – so don’t take anything for granted.”
Tributes are already pouring in for Nicky, with British singer and television personality Stacey Solomon leading them.
Stacey wrote: “Never has a star shone brighter. Absolutely heartbroken & devastated.
“Nicky thank you for everything … I’m so grateful to have known you. I promise to go grab life & make the most of every single second of every day.”
The influencer was transparent about her cancer journey.
Nicky was first diagnosed with breast cancer more than five years ago while she was in the midst of fertility treatment with her husband.
She noticed a change in her breast and complained of severe back pain.
She was then diagnosed with incurable metastatic breast cancer, which later spread to her bones.
Nicky said that along with a lump in her right boob, she noticed that her nipple had inverted, the skin was dimpling and she had a rash on one side.
She booked in to see her doctor but knew in her gut that it was going to be bad news.
She said in 2021: “I didn’t need a doctor to tell me I had cancer, I already knew.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission
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