Brave Love Island star Demi Jones has been candid about her diagnosis and journey with thyroid cancer on social media in order to raise awareness of the disease, and has now given her 1.2 million followers an update about her recent surgery.
Taking to Instagram yesterday, Demi shared a series of Stories from her hospital bed. The first showed her wearing a protective face covering an hospital gown and was captioned, "Just waiting to head into surgery now to have my full thyroidectomy to remove any more cancer on the gland."
Demi, who previously told her followers she's remaining 'strong' and 'positive', confessed that this time around she was feeling 'anxious' ahead of the procedure. "Feeling a bit anxious today as I've got to be in for a few days, but I'm a tough cookie... See you on the other side."
After her surgery, Demi also shared an update on how she was feeling and said that she'd been experiencing pain and that her nurses initially found it difficult to wake her up. "I've just woke up, the pain is so much worse this time," she wrote. "I've been asleep for hours, nurses struggled to wake me up! Thank you for everyone's kind messages."
Prior to her surgery, Demi also took to social media to tell concerned followers that the necessary tests leading up to her diagnosis were delayed six times due to the pandemic.
She said that investigations into a suspicious lump on her neck initially saw doctors tell her she had nothing to worry about, but that she had a gut feeling something was wrong and pushed back – eventually leading to her cancer diagnosis. Last month, Demi also had surgery to remove a golf-ball sized tumour on her thyroid gland.
Speaking to The Sun, Demi said that two ultrasounds both came back clear and doctors told her the lump was merely a harmless nodule. "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'."
We're sending all our very best wishes to Demi as she recovers.
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