For many, International Women's Day was about sharing in the strength and success of women all over the world. From fighting against domestic violence and period poverty to celebrating female CEOs and 'This Girl Can'.

One woman, Olive Cooke, joined the celebrations by sharing the personal story of her ectopic pregnancy. A year on from her harrowing experience of being rushed to hospital while on holiday in Mexico, Olive took to Instagram to share images of the results of her surgery, and what her scars now look like.

"A day to celebrate and lift each other up!" she wrote on Instagram. "Last year I had an ectopic pregnancy, given half an hour to live I had emergency surgery in Mexico to remove my ruptured fallopian tube and blood clots.

"Coming out the other side of surgery I felt so alone, that life wouldn't be the same and thought no one would understand how fragile I was feeling. But time and time again with help from my beautiful friends and family I picked myself up, when sometimes I thought it would be easier to collapse in a heap of fear and anxiety.

 "This experience changed my life so much, and for the better, it showed me what I value in life, how much I love myself and those around me.  I am still processing what happened and sometimes things are still hard, but now I want to be able to share and help as so many people helped me.

"To anyone who is going through something similar, know that you have strength, and you are not alone. Lets love and support each other, ourselves and our body's, scars and all. As I get better at talking and sharing I promise I will do what I can to raise awareness and love in women's health and confidence. Happy International Woman's Day! #internationalwomensday

The post received more than 23,000 likes and nearly 600 comments from women all around the world praising Olive for her bravery and thanking her for sharing her story.

In the UK, around 12,000 pregnancies a year end up being ectopic - a complication where a fertilised egg attaches itself to one of the fallopian tubes instead of to the womb.

Olive's ruptured fallopian tube left her fighting for her life and having lost a baby, leading her to experience the same emotions as you would with a miscarriage.

But despite her loss and traumatic experience, she managed to push through the pain and focus on the positives in her life, leaning on her closest loved ones for support.

And the most inspiring takeaway from Olive's post? She's smiling through her scars, stitches and hospital gown in every single snap.