Ex-Premier League star Erik Pieters' wife reveals she has breast cancer in heartbreaking Instagram post | The Sun

NERMINA PIETERS has bravely revealed she's currently battling breast cancer.

The 33-year-old wife of former Burnley and Netherlands defender Erik made the heartbreaking admission in a touching social media post earlier this week.

Nermina – a former showjumper – bravely wrote on Instagram: “And just like that my life changed forever.

"A few months ago I felt a lump in my left breast and I decided to see a GP who didn’t seem overly concerned.

“After some convincing from my mum, I decided to investigate it further as the lump was getting sore and growing.

"I’m so grateful that I did because on the July 10th I got diagnosed with an early-stage aggressive breast cancer.


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“I will never be able to describe how I felt that day and the days after that.

"My heart was broken, I was scared and I had so many questions.. I’m healthy and fit so how is this possible for someone of my age?

"But one question scared me the most and it makes me upset even writing it down – 'Will I see my little princess grow up?'

"My days were filled with hospital appointments every day and there were so many decisions to be made. I had to make some of the hardest decisions in my life."

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Nermina was left devastated by her early diagnosisCredit: INSTAGRAM@NERMINAPIETERSMEKIC

Nermina is getting through the harrowing and life-changing ordeal thanks to the support of her loved ones – in particular husband Erik.

She said: "I’m in very good hands and I’m positive and I am forever grateful for my husband, our families and my friends who have been with me the last weeks.

"And who kept me going and made me feel so very loved.

"Whenever I look into my little girl's eyes I know I have to be strong and that I will do anything and everything to get through this."

Nermina hopes publicly opening up about her breast cancer battle will encourage other women to get themselves checked out.

The former Real Housewives of Cheshire star said: "I didn’t know if and how to share this with the world but I do know that I want to bring awareness to young woman like me.

"Always listen to your gut feeling and for anyone going through this right now – I’m sending you love and strength."

Nermina received scores of messages of support from her near 80,000 followers, with one saying: "Healing energy from me. You shine bright. You can fight it ."

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Another said: "My heart thoughts love everything is with you angel beautiful girl I’m so sorry."

And another said: "So sorry to hear this, Nermina, you are strong and beautiful and powerful…you will get through this storm just fine."

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