A widower who expressed “extreme” disappointment over the suspension of his Facebook account has yet to hear from the social media giant.
Elliott Lowe, a 42-year-old from Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom, shared two photos of his wife, Donna, on December 22, Tech Times reports. The photos marked the anniversary of her diagnosis with stage 4 cervical cancer, and were before and after photos showing how much the disease changed Donna’s appearance. One showed her looking happy and health, while the other showed her gaunt frame before she died.
The second photo stirred a strong reaction among social media users, as it was taken while Donna lay in her hospital bed.
Lowe said that he shared his story on Facebook to express his grief and encourage women to undergo cervical cancer screening.
Lowe’s lengthy Facebook post narrated his wife’s story from the time she was diagnosed up until the day she died – not even a year in. Donna was diagnosed with cervical cancer in December 2016, and doctors found a month later that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes in her pelvic area.
Donna underwent radiation therapy for six weeks, but passed away on August 5. Lowe said that his wife had delayed her last cervical screening which could have detected her cancer while it was still in the early stages, and urged men to make sure the women in their lives don’t do the same.
Lowe suddenly found his Facebook profile suspended, and suspects it may be due to the sudden surge in traffic. He has tried to verify his identity, to no avail, and said there is no way for him to get in touch with Facebook.
Since the original post is no longer available, Donna’s story is now being shared through screenshots and copies images. One report stated that the Facebook post gained over 13,000 shares and 17,000 reactions in just a 24-hour-period.