After undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer Love Island’s Demi Jones reveals she has the energy levels of someone three times her age as she battles to stay strong
Love Island alumni Demi Jones has opened up about the crippling side-effects of her thyroid cancer treatment, telling fans she feels like she has the “energy levels of a 60-year-old.”
The 22-year-old recently had surgery to remove her thyroid, and has spoken candidly about her painful journey on social media.
Taking to Instagram Demi looked tired confessing she has “no motivation” due to the side-effects of her tablets, but explained that it could be because part of her thyroid was removed as part of her treatment.
Talking openly with her followers the star captioned her post: “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 Demi 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. “
The social media star has said she wishes she had told her family about her thyroid cancer before announcing her diagnosis on social media.
Demi told her fans her devastating news and had to undergo surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized lump from her neck.
She still has to undergo further treatment to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
Demi confessed her regret in an interview with Zeze Millz saying: “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 Love Island alumni recently revealed she had six medical appointments cancelled within the seven months before her diagnosis.
Demi explained how she was unable to see a specialist due to the coronavirus pandemic and also adds that when she did eventually see a medical professional that she was told she had nothing to worry about as her test results came back all clear.
“They referred me straight away, but every time an appointment came through for another scan and blood test it was cancelled,” she told The Sun.
However, the star – who shot to fame on Love Island in 2020 – pushed for further tests as she witnessed what her stepfather went through with his cancer battle.
The star’s stepfather Adrian was 46 when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma and given months to live.
A year and a half before his results, Adrian found a lump in his ear which he thought to be skin cancer, but he struggled to get a referral to a specialist.
Demi shared how Adrian’s experience made her push for more testing.
“They were about to send me away, but all I could think of was that they did that to Dad,” she added to the outlet.
“It was only when they scanned his full body that they found cancer in his chest. So I asked if there were any more tests they could do.”