Demi Jones vows to ‘stay strong’ as she discusses thyroid cancer and surgery

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Love Island star Demi Jones has spoken out for the first time about her papillary thyroid cancer diagnosis.

A day after revealing her diagnosis, the 22 year old emotionally thanks her friends, family and the public for their "immense love and support" and for showing her such "kindness" during the challenging time in her life.

Demi explained that she stayed "strong" while the doctor informed her of her diagnosis, but as soon as she left the room she collapsed into tears with her mother.

"I've never had such an immense response in my life. I've literally been inundated with messages, my phone literally blew up," she began, in a video posted to Instagram on Friday evening.

Demi said: "Thank you to all the love and support from friends, family and people that I don't even know. You've shown such love to me and kindness."

Talking about her diagnosis herself, she added: "I'm kind of like sad, but I'm kind of in shock at everything. It doesn't feel real that I have cancer. It's a weird thing."

"Everyone knows I had my operation three weeks ago. I had the biopsy to see what was, then I met my consultant to find out the results. As soon as I walked in, I saw the Macmillan nurse sat there, and I knew straight away that I had cancer."

Demi continued: 'When he [the doctor] was talking to me about it, I was being really strong, and then as soon as I walked out of my room, I cried with my mum."

She stayed positive, adding: "I know I'll be absolutely fine, I know I've got to get through this journey."

Explaining more about her exact diagnosis, papillary thyroid cancer, Demi said: "I had a lump in my neck that was actually a tumour. I was living all these years with a tumour in my neck, which was scary.

"They removed that side of the thyroid, and now I need more surgery to move the rest of the thyroid, then go for some iodine cancer treatment and some hormone tablets to keep my hormones regulated."

The day earlier, Demi shared the news to her 1.1 followers, writing: “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.”

Demi added: “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.”

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