Love Island’s Demi Jones gives update on cancer battle as she says it ‘doesn’t feel real’

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Love Island runner up Demi Jones, 22, has opened up on when she was first informed about her cancer diagnosis. It comes after the reality TV star, who rose to fame on the first series of Winter Love Island in January 2020, told fans she is battling thyroid cancer yesterday.

Sharing an update on her Instagram Stories this evening, Demi revealed that she predicted she would receive bad news when she saw a Macmillan nurse alongside her consultant when she went for a check up after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from her neck.

Reflecting on the tearful moment she faced with her mum, Demi said: “Hey guys I just want to talk about my diagnosis that I had yesterday.

“I’ve never had such an immense response in my life… I’ve literally been inundated with messages, I got so many messages. My phone blew up.

“All the love and support from the public, friends and family and people who I don’t even know showing so much love and kindness to me.

“I am sad, but I’m kind of in shock out of everything. It doesn’t even feel real that I’ve got cancer. It’s a weird thing.

“Everyone knows I had my operation three weeks ago to have the biopsy to see what it was.

“I had my meeting with my consultant yesterday to see my results. As soon as I walked in, I saw the Macmillan nurse sat there and I knew straight away I had cancer before he even said anything because it’s usually just me and him in the room and I walked in and I saw the Macmillan nurse.”

The television personality went on to say she was initially determined to stay strong.

 

However, she broke down in tears when she was reunited with her mum, who was waiting for her after the appointment.

She divulged to her 1.1 million followers: “When he was talking to me about it, I was being really strong and I was like listening ‘that’s fine’.

“As soon as I walked out of the room and it was just me and my mum, I cried.

“Even though I’m going to get through this and I am going to be absolutely fine, it’s just I know that I’ve got to go through this journey now.”

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Demi then detailed how she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

The star explained: “I had this lump in my neck which I have been talking to you about and it turns out that was actually a tumour. So I’ve been living all these years with a tumour in my neck and I had no idea – which is so scary.

“I’ve had that operation to remove that half of the thyroid, and I need to have more surgery to remove more of the thyroid and I have to go for some iodine cancer treatment. 

“And I also have some hormone tablets just to regulate my hormones because the thyroid actually controls your hormones, which I didn’t know.”

She added: “It’s going to be a journey but I want to keep you updated to raise as much awareness as possible.”

Demi concluded by telling fans she will strive to stay “super positive” and is excited to celebrate her birthday on July 2.

Yesterday, Demi shared a snap of a Macmillan cancer leaflet alongside the caption: “Hi guys, I got my results today and unfortunately I have Thyroid Cancer.

“The tumour has been removed but I’m now due to have more surgery to remove the rest of my Thyroid. I’m staying very positive and I’m a strong girl so I’ll be fine, thank you for your love and support always. I’ll bounce back stronger.”

Portsmouth born Demi also urged her followers to “check your lumps”.

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