Having recently shared her thyroid cancer diagnosis on social media, Love Island contestant Demi Jones has now bravely spoken out again detailing her long diagnosis, saying her cancer tests were delayed six times due to the pandemic. In total, it took her seven months to get a firm answer.
She said that investigations into a suspicious lump on her neck initially saw doctors tell her she had nothing to worry about too, but Demi says she had a gut feeling something was wrong and pushed back – eventually leading to her cancer diagnosis. Last month, she had surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumour on her thyroid gland. Future treatment will include having her entire thyroid removed, followed by radioactive iodine treatment to kill off any remaining cancer cells.
Speaking to The Sun, Demi said that two ultrasounds both came back clear. "If I'd listened to the doctors then I might be sitting here now not knowing I had cancer inside me... The tests all came back completely clear," she explained. "Even today I don't know why the ultrasound didn't show anything"
She then added, "Pretty much as soon as I had walked in the consultant said, 'We're really sorry. We think it could be thyroid cancer. We need this cut out of you as quickly as possible'."
During the interview, Demi also shared how the scar across the base of her neck initially took some getting used to, but that she now sees it as a reminder of how precious life is. "At first I felt really self- conscious about it," she said. "But then my nan told me to stop worrying about it. It’s a small price to pay for still being here."
Although it must be an incredibly difficult thing for Demi to talk about, many are praising her for speaking out and raising awareness around thyroid cancer. Symptoms of which can include:
A lump or swelling in the front of the neck, often painless
Swollen glands in the neck
Unexplained hoarseness that does not improve after a few weeks
A sore throat (that again, doesn't improve after a few weeks)
We're sending our very best wishes to Demi during this tough time.
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