Elly Mayday, Sask. model, determined to battle cancer again
Saskatchewan plus-size model is famous for #ImNoAngel campaign
Elly Mayday, a Saskatchewan-born plus-size model, confirmed to fans over Facebook Thursday the cancer she fought two years ago is back.
"I don't know what to say," she wrote on her Facebook fan page. "I got dealt a bad card today."
I have options. I have the strength to do this again. I will win.- Elly Mayday
Although clearly upset about her diagnosis, she worked to maintain positivity in her post.
"I have options. I have the strength to do this again. I will win," she wrote.
Modelling with cancer
After getting diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, Mayday modelled bald when she lost her hair through chemotherapy. In an interview with Saskatoon Morning's Leisha Grebinksi, she said she modelled through all her treatments, including a hysterectomy and numerous operations.
Mayday's scars, reminders of the "terrible road of cancer," weren't retouched in the campaign.
Mayday said modelling through her cancer treatments made her stronger.
"My idea of myself and what women are supposed to feel towards their bodies has changed and evolved into something stronger," she said. "My confidence has made me where I am today."
"My heart feels full"
On Friday, Mayday addressed her fans again, after more than 2000 people replied to her previous post wishing her well.
"Thank you," she said. "My heart feels full from all the love sent to me. You all mean so much."
Mayday said in the post she will not be doing interviews with the media because it's too difficult to talk about how she feels about her diagnosis.
Mayday's Facebook fan page has more than 190,000 likes. She said each one of those likes is a reason to battle her cancer.
"And I'll do it with a smile on my face cause that's the kind of person I am," Mayday said.