‘I’m proud to show off my beautiful scar’: Love Island’s Demi Jones praises NHS doctor for saving her life during ‘traumatic’ thyroid cancer battle
The former Love Island contestant, 23, has revealed she’s proud to show off the ‘beautiful’ scar from surgery, which put an end to ‘something really traumatic’.
She told The Sun how her ‘superhero’ surgeon Dr Costa Repanos was ‘incredibly special’, adding that they are still in touch.
Grateful: Demi Jones has praised her NHS doctor for saving her life, after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year before being given the all-clear in December
She said: ‘I can never do enough to thank Mr Repanos for saving my life, cutting cancer out of me and leaving me with this beautiful scar that I am proud to show off.
‘Because I was diagnosed and treated during lockdown, the entire thing was extremely isolating and I couldn’t have any of my family with me whenever I went into the hospital.
‘I cannot thank the NHS enough for their kindness and warmth throughout one of the scariest times in my life.’
Demi announced in December she was cancer free, just seven months after being diagnosed.
Been through it: The former Love Island contestant, 23, has revealed she’s proud to show off the ‘beautiful’ scar from surgery, which put an end to ‘something really traumatic’
The social media star posed next to the entrance sign for Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth as she broke the news across social media on Monday.
She wrote alongside the snap: ‘I’M CANCER FREE!!!! I did it! I got my full body scan results back and there’s not a single cancer cell left in my body.
‘It’s been such a difficult year mentally and physically for me with my surgeries and treatment but I’m beyond grateful for everyone’s kindness and support over this past year.
‘I will continue to be an advocate for cancer awareness and all my love and strength goes out to those who continue to fight this awful disease, here’s to a healthy and happy 2022.’
On top of the world: She told how her ‘superhero’ surgeon Dr Costa Repanos was ‘incredibly special’, adding that they are still in touch
Demi was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in May after discovering a lump on her neck.
The disease develops in the cells of thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland found just below Adam’s apple in the neck.
Tell-tale signs include a lump on the neck, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and hoarseness.
She has been open about her diagnosis throughout her journey with the disease.
Awful: ‘Because I was diagnosed and treated during lockdown, the entire thing was extremely isolating and I couldn’t have any of my family with me whenever I went into the hospital’
The TV star had two surgeries after doctors found a golf ball sized tumour in her neck and had treatment in September.
And speaking alongside Shaughna Phillips, who lost her father Eddie to cancer in 2016, for Cancer Research’s Play Your Part campaign, the girls talked about their experiences with the disease.
Of her diagnosis, Demi said: ‘I was so shocked when I was diagnosed with cancer and my first thoughts were “Is this going to kill me? Am I going to be really poorly?”‘
Giving a health update to her pal, Demi, who is due to have further radiation treatment, said: ‘Thanks to research, I have treatment options and am doing really well.
‘Even though I’ve got this scar, it’s a small price to pay.
‘Now, I can’t go a day without people messaging me, saying they’ve got their lumps checked because of me, they’re going for an operation because of my story.’
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THYROID CANCER?
The main symptom of thyroid cancer is a lump in the front of the neck. But the disease tends to develop slowly and may not cause any symptoms at first.
Thyroid cancer often causes a painless lump or swelling low down in the front of the neck.
However, neck lumps are common and are usually caused by a less serious condition, such as an enlarged thyroid. Only around 1 in every 20 is cancer. A lump is more likely to be cancer if it:
See your GP if you have a swelling or lump at the front of your neck. While it’s unlikely to be cancer, it’s important to get it checked out.
Other symptoms include:
Rarely, thyroid cancer can affect the production of thyroid hormones and cause diarrhoea and flushing.
Source: NHS Choices