They say a picture says a thousand words, but one mother from Alabama posted a graphic photo of herself on Facebook to get across one important message: don’t use tanning beds.

A Young Mother With Skin Cancer Shared A Shocking Selfie To Warn Others
via Facebook / Tawny Wiloughby

Tawny Wiloughby, a 27-year-old nurse and mother, used tanning beds about four-five times a week when she was in high school, according to a message she posted on her Facebook account when she uploaded the shocking photo.

She was first diagnosed with skin cancer when she was 21. Now the mother to a 2-year-old son, Wiloughby has been diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC, the most common form of skin cancer) five times, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) once.

A Young Mother With Skin Cancer Shared A Shocking Selfie To Warn Others
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The sores on Wiloughby’s face in her photo are from a form of treatment called Adara (imiquimod), a cream which can cause blisters on the skin.

Over the years, Wiloughby has also undergone Curettage and Electrodessication, Cryosurgery (freezing with liquid nitrogen), Surgical Excision and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat her cancer. She said on Facebook that she goes to a dermatologist every 6-12 months, and usually has new skin cancer removed at every check-up.

A Young Mother With Skin Cancer Shared A Shocking Selfie To Warn Others
via Facebook / Tawny Wiloughby

“Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That’s my biggest fear now that I have a two year old little boy of my own,” said Wiloughby on Facebook.

Her brave decision to share the photo has generated worldwide discussion about the dangers of tanning beds. Since she posted the photo and her warning to others, it has been shared almost 60,000 times