She recently announced that her battle with thyroid cancer is far from over.
And Demi Jones shared more insight in the side-effects of her treatment on Saturday, revealing she feels like she has the ‘energy levels of a 60-year-old.’
The 22-year-old reality star recently had surgery to remove her thyroid and will have further iodine treatment, and has openly documented her battle on social media.
Candid: Demi Jones shared more insight in the side-effects of her thyroid cancer treatment on Saturday, revealing she feels like she has the ‘energy levels of a 60-year-old’
Demi went makeup free for the candid chat and captioned the posts: ‘Survivors have warned me about a drop in energy levels, but oh my don’t I feel it.’
‘I literally look so drained as well omg, I think I need to ask for my dosage to be upped.’
In her Instagram Stories the star said: ‘My energy levels since my surgery.. I don’t know if it’s the fact I don’t have a thyroid anymore or that I am on these new tablets, I think it’s the tablets.’
‘I am tired all the time, I feel like I have got the energy of a 60-year-old. I have lost all motivation to do things and stay out long. ‘
Tired: The reality star recently had surgery to remove her thyroid and will have further iodine treatment, and has been sharing the side-effects of her current medication
In a recent Instagram Q&A, the reality star said: ‘I haven’t been told that I’m cancer free yet. I’m not actually sure if it’s completely gone or completely not gone yet.
‘I’ve got to have some further iodine treatment in about six weeks’ time and some scans but hopefully by the end of the year I’ll know whether I’m cancer free.’
She added: ‘I’m fortunate enough not to go through chemotherapy.
‘I’ve had my surgery to remove the thyroid and I’m going to have some further iodine treatment.
Drained: Demi went makeup free for the candid chat and captioned the posts: ‘Survivors have warned me about a drop in energy levels, but oh my don’t I feel it’
‘The support has been so overwhelming, but it is hard especially when I’m caught socialising with my friends and I’m drinking and people are coming up to me and asking me about my cancer, it can make me quite emotional.
‘But I’m being super strong and super positive and I’ll get through it.’
Last week, Demi revealed revealed her neck scar as she shared positive news amid her ongoing battle.
WHAT IS THYROID CANCER?
Thyroid cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the thyroid gland, 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 can 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
Around 9 in every 10 people are alive five years after diagnosis. Many of these are cured and will have a normal lifespan.
Source: NHS Choices
Following her thyroidectomy earlier this month she confirmed that doctors informed her part of her thyroid is cancer-free.
She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and had an operation to remove a cancerous tumour in her neck. Demi subsequently had a follow-up procedure to remove the gland entirely.
Whilst she still needs iodine treatment and further consultations, Demi confirmed she is feeling ‘really optimistic,’ after the successful surgeries.
Wearing a strappy black top which displayed her stitch-free scar, Demi said to her followers: ‘I had some amazing news yesterday.
‘I am trying to do this thing with anything cancer related – I am trying to go through it, digest it and understand with me and my friends and family first and then come on social media and discuss my journey.
‘So yesterday I went to have my stitches out, but again the scar is looking amazing. My results came back from the other side of my thyroid and it wasn’t cancer on the other side.’
She continued: ‘So we have got the tumour removed, there is no cancer on this side so that’s looking really, really optimistic.
‘I still have to have my iodine treatment in about a month’s time and have further consultations to see where we are going to go from here but it’s looking positive.’
Demi underwent surgery on her neck earlier in June and took to Instagram to emotionally update fans when she woke up.
Sharing a video of herself in her hospital bed after the thyroidectomy, she wrote: ‘I’ve just woken up. Pain is so much worse this time. I’ve been asleep for hours, nurses struggled to wake me up.’
Big announcement: The star underwent a thyroidectomy earlier this month and confirmed that doctors informed her part of her thyroid is cancer-free
The reality star added: ‘Thank you for everyone’s kind messages.’
Giving her social media followers a better look at her bandaged neck, the former Love Island star moved the camera towards her face before panning it over her torso, which was tucked beneath bed sheets.
She then shared another clip, revealing the view from her hospital window at dusk whilst thanking fans once more for their well wishes.
‘Thank you for everyone’s messages. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can,’ wrote Demi.
It comes after the reality star revealed she shared the shocking news of her 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 upon learning she had thyroid cancer, the first thing she did was tell her followers on Instagram.
Op: Demi was diagnosed with thyroid cancer earlier this year and had an operation to remove a cancerous tumour in her neck, she also had a follow-up procedure to remove the gland entirely
She said: ‘When I first found out it could be cancerous, I was in shock and I was 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 scrambled and I was like ”Oh my God, guys!”’
The star also displayed the two-inch scar on her neck and stated she would need to have a further operation.
Demi underwent her first operation in May to remove a tumour from her thyroid gland, admitting she was ‘incredibly anxious’ about it.
Brave: Demi underwent surgery on her neck earlier in June and took to Instagram to emotionally update fans when she woke up
Speaking to The Sun, Demi said she has been contacted by young girls who have told her it’s nice to see someone in the public eye not afraid to show their scar.
She said: ‘I was incredibly anxious as I’d never had any kind of surgery before, and while it sounds silly, I was worried about the scar on my neck.
‘Now I’ve decided to really own it because I’ve had a few young girls message me who have had thyroid cancer saying it’s been nice to see someone with a scar.’
Demi still has to undergo further treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Healing: Sharing a video of herself in her hospital bed after a thyroidectomy, she wrote: ‘I’ve just woken up. Pain is so much worse this time’