Widower's Facebook account suspended after sharing wife's cancer battle

A grief-stricken widower has had his Facebook account suspended after sharing graphic details of his late wife's cancer battle.

Elliot Lowe lost his partner, Donna, to cervical cancer in August. He shared the details of his wife's death in a heartbreaking Facebook post, urging others not to postpone their smear test.

But after he received huge public support, the social media giant took down his Facebook page  he believes due to the attention the post garnered.

"A year ago to date (22/12/2016) my beautiful wife, my best friend, the mother to our four beautiful children, my world, my soul mate in fact my everything was given a diagnosis by Milton Keynes Hospital that would devastate our lives and change it forever," his Facebook post read.

"My wonderful wife postponed her last smear for reasons I can't even remember, believe me I've tried to remember and there's not a day goes by I wish I could swap places with her or wish I'd dragged her to the appointment and re-arranged it for her.

"My wife missed her last cervical screen and paid the ultimate price she paid with her life."

He then shared pictures of his visibly ill wife dying in bed.

Elliot Lowe lost his partner, Donna, to cervical cancer in August.
Elliot Lowe lost his partner, Donna, to cervical cancer in August. Photo credit: Elliot Lowe / Facebook

"I wake up every morning alone, bring my kids up alone - yes, I have family around me supporting me, and I'm truly thankful for that, but it's never the same nor will it be," he wrote.

He called for women to take their health seriously and not make the same mistake his wife did.

"I am sharing this with you today a year after her diagnosis to encourage everyone reading this to make sure that we take it upon ourselves to ensure that the special women in our lives in fact all women in our lives be they relatives or friends to attend their cervical screening (once called smears) and not to either miss them or forget to re-arrange," he wrote.

But after his posts went viral his page went down "due to unusual activities on it as a security procedure". Mr Lowe believes this was due to the influx of attention it brought, 7 News reports.

His account and posts have since been restored, and shared more than 30,000 times.