“I was in shock and my head was jumbled!” Love Island’s Demi Jones admits she shared her thyroid cancer diagnosis with fans on social media BEFORE telling her family
Demi Jones has revealed that she shared the shocking news of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer with fans on social media before telling her family.
The Love Island star, 22, who has since undergone more surgeries to have her thyroid removed, admitted that her “head shook” after doctors told her the diagnosis, and she “shouldn’t have” posted the news before she warned her loved ones.
After the interview, Demi also took to Instagram to reveal that she was back in the hospital “for a few days” undergoing another surgery to have the rest of her thyroid removed.
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‘I was in shock’: Demi Jones, 22, has revealed she shared the shocking news of thyroid cancer diagnosis with fans on social media before telling her family
Speaking on the ZeZe Mills show, Demi admitted she was in such shock when she learned she had thyroid cancer, the first thing she did was tell her followers on Instagram.
She said: “When I first found out it could be cancer I was in shock and crying because I went on social media, and I shouldn’t have done that because I hadn’t even told my family yet.
“I don’t even know why, I can’t even tell you because my head was jumbled and I was like, ‘Oh my God, guys!'”
Scary: The Love Island star, who has since had more surgeries to have her thyroid removed (pictured), admitted her ‘shaking head’ after doctors told her the diagnosis
The star also showed the two-inch scar she had on her neck after surgery to remove part of her thyroid, and stated she needed another surgery.
On Monday, Demi also took to social media to reveal that more of her thyroid was being removed and she would be spending several days in the hospital.
She said: ‘I’m now waiting for surgery to have my full thyroidectomy to remove any more cancer on the gland, I’m feeling a little anxious today as I have to stay for a few days, but I’m a tough guy. I’ll see you on the other side.’
Progress: On Monday, Demi also took to social media to reveal that more of her thyroid was being removed and she would be spending several days in the hospital
Demi had her first surgery last month to remove a tumor from her thyroid, admitting she was “incredibly concerned” about it.
Speak with The sun, Demi said she’s been approached by young girls who have told her it’s nice to see someone in the public eye who isn’t afraid to show their scar.
She said: “I was incredibly anxious because I had never had surgery before, and although it sounds crazy, I was concerned about the scar on my neck.
“Now I’ve decided to actually own it because I’ve had some young girls message me who have had thyroid cancer and say it was nice to see someone with a scar.”
Demi has yet to undergo further treatment to destroy the remaining cancer cells.
It comes after Demi shared her ‘anger’ after six hospital appointments were postponed due to the Covid pandemic before she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Candid: Demi previously revealed she was concerned about having a permanent scar on her neck after surgery after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer (pictured)
The TV star said “sobs” to her mother after a consultant explained to her that they should “cut” the golf ball-sized bump as “quickly as possible” after previously being told it was “completely clear.”
Demi said that if she had listened to the doctors, she might not have known she had cancer “in” her.
She added: “I felt scared and angry. I recently went out for coffee with a friend and said, “Why me? I don’t know anyone my age who has cancer.” But I’m lucky, my cancer is treatable.’
So sad: She recently revealed the shocking news that she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after having previously removed a lump from her neck
WHAT IS SHIELD CANCER?
Thyroid cancer is a rare cancer that affects the thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck that produces hormones.
Women are two to three times more likely to develop it than men.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer may include:
- a painless lump or swelling in the front of the neck
- swollen glands in the neck
- unexplained hoarseness that doesn’t get better after a few weeks
- a sore throat that doesn’t get better
- Difficulty swallowing
About 9 in 10 people live five years after diagnosis. Many of these have been cured and will have a normal lifespan.
Source: NHS Choices