'Flip or Flop' Star Tarek El Moussa Shares 'Skeleton' Photo From Past Cancer Battle (Photos)
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Tarek El Moussa battled testicular and thyroid cancer over the last three years while suffering through a back injury that only made recovery harder. But the "Flip or Flop" star has bounced back and is sharing before and after photos of his illnesses.

"Look at this photo and look at my eyes," El Moussa wrote in a Thursday Instagram post, referencing the above photo on the left. "I was a skeleton. This took a major toll on my physical and mental health. This is from hurting my back after battling 2 cancers. I had a 60 pound weight swing from my illnesses."

I thought I would share this with everyone... to truly understand how absolutely sick I was.. look at this photo and look at my eyes, I was a skeleton. This took a major toll on my physical and mental health. I know many of my fans have had similar struggles and can relate. The last 3 years were the hardest of my life, I look back and still wonder how I survived... I never quit although I wanted to thousands of times all day every day. This is from hurting my back after battling 2 cancers.. I had a 60 pound weight swing from my illnesses...I'm proud to say I didn't quit and I'm in the best shape of my life!! For everyone struggling right now from any situation.. remember... keep your head up and don't quit! There is light at the end of the tunnel, stay strong! T

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El Moussa shared the "after" Instagram snap on Friday (photo on the right) and said: "I think this picture represents winning the war against my illnesses."

About his illnesses and injury, El Moussa offered encouragement to those fighting the same battles and said: "I know many of my fans have had similar struggles and can relate. The last 3 years were the hardest of my life, I look back and still wonder how I survived. I never quit although I wanted to thousands of times all day every day."

"I'm proud to say I didn't quit and I'm in the best shape of my life!!" he continued. "For everyone struggling right now from any situation.. remember... keep your head up and don't quit! There is light at the end of the tunnel, stay strong!"