Demi Jones is in ‘no rush’ to lose the 1 stone weight she put on amid her thyroid cancer treatment

Demi Jones has revealed she’s in ‘no rush’ to lose the one stone in weight she put on amid treatment for her thyroid cancer treatment.

The former Love Island star, 23, was diagnosed with the disease last year and had surgery to remove her lump before given the all-clear in December. 

And speaking to MailOnline about life post-cancer, Demi opened up about the changes to her body thanks to her medication and also told how she ‘comfort ate’ during treatment.

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No hurry: Demi Jones has revealed she’s in ‘no rush’ to lose the one stone in weight she put on amid treatment for her thyroid cancer treatment (pictured left this week and right in January 2020 before her treatment) 

Opening up on how things are different for her, she explained: I’ve had the all clear a few months now, but I’m still adjusting to life post cancer because it is very different. I’m on medication now and it changes my body.

‘I’m on medication to replace my thyroid because I’ve not got one anymore, but the medication is hormonal, so I’ve had lots of mood changes and I’m trying to control my weight, so I feel a bit like a teenager again.’

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Detailing her weight gain further, she continued: ‘I put on over a stone. I’m progressively losing it, but I’m not in a rush. I’m happy with the way I am. 

‘I was comfort eating a lot. I was eating anything chocolate or chocolate ice-cream – anything that was soft on my throat.’

Recovery: Speaking to MailOnline about life post-cancer, Demi opened up about the changes to her body thanks to her medication and also told how she ‘comfort ate’ during treatment

The TV star went on to say that the changes to her figure was made all the more difficult by her being in the spotlight.

She shared: ‘I think especially as a young girl you come into changes as a woman anyway, so it’s a lot to take on, especially in the public eye when people are always looking at your weight.’ 

Despite getting the all-clear, Demi went on to explain how the cancer will always be part of her life as she consistently has to take medication. 

She said: ‘I’ve to take three tablets every single day for the rest of my life. They basically control my thyroids. I’ve not got any thyroids, so I’m on a high dosage.

‘It’s very difficult balancing it, and I’m constantly higher-ing and lowering it and trying to get a level [that suits] I also get blood tests every three months to make sure I’m at the right level – it’s crazy.’

Cancer battle: The former Love Island star, 23, was diagnosed with the disease last year and had surgery to remove her lump before given the all-clear in December

Speaking further about how going through cancer has altered her everyday life, Demi explained how her tolerance to alcohol is no longer what it was.

She said: ‘I have noticed that I can’t drink as much because when I do drink I just cry. I’ve never had that before, I used to be a happy drunk, and now I’ve gone the other way. It’s such a change.’

The stunner also credited catching her cancer early to and trusting her own body to saving her life, explaining: ‘Definitely catching it early, luckily thyroid is the most treatable cancer, so that’s probably why. 

‘I always pushed for further doctors’ appointments and testing. It’s my body. I had a massive lump that was the size of a golf ball. It looked like an Adam’s Apple.’

Changes: ‘I’ve had the all clear a few months now, but I’m still adjusting to life post cancer because it is very different. I’m on medication now and it changes my body’

She added that she’s now strict with checking her body, stating: ‘When it comes to any moles and stuff I’m so on it now. I’ll always watching it and touching my body. 

‘People message me every day saying they’ve found a lump and I’ll always tell them to go the doctors as soon as possible.’

It comes after Demi took to her Instagram Story to send well wishes to Abi Phillips, who revealed on Monday she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

The reality star was diagnosed with the same disease last year, before being given the all-clear in December. 

Hollyoaks star Abi, 28, explained she was originally told there was nothing to worry about by a doctor due to her young age, before asking for a second opinion after reality star Demi raised awareness by sharing the location of her own tumours.

Confident: Detailing her weight gain further, she continued: ‘I put on over a stone. I’m progressively losing it, but I’m not in a rush. I’m happy with the way I am’

Different: I have noticed that I can’t drink as much because when I do drink I just cry. I’ve never had that before, I used to be a happy drunk, and now I’ve gone the other way. It’s such a change’

Alongside a photo of the soap star on Tuesday, Demi penned: ‘So pleased my Cancer story is helping others to get diagnosed more quickly with Thyroid Cancer and getting it treated and removed!

‘Sending my love to @abiphillipsuk #checkyourbody’.

Demi also recorded a video for her 1.2million followers, where she discussed the importance of pushing for doctor appointments. 

‘Hey guys, I actually wanted to do some Stories because even though you know it’s been a whole year since I started my cancer journey, I still get messaged every single day without fail, from loads of different women who have been through it, are going through it, who have found lumps, asking questions, asking for help. 

Wishes: It comes after Demi took to her Instagram Story to send well wishes to Abi Phillips, who revealed on Monday she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer (Demi pictured last April following an op)

‘Check your body’: Alongside a photo of the soap star on Tuesday, Demi, 23, penned: ‘So pleased my Cancer story is helping others to get diagnosed more quickly with Thyroid Cancer’

‘Or saying, “thank you for raising awareness”, and helping them come to terms with their body and giving them confidence and reassurance through their cancer journeys,’ she said. 

‘I just want to say I’m so grateful for everyone that messages me. Obviously I can’t get round to replying to everyone because I get so many messages about it. 

‘But I just want to say I’m sending all my love and support to all the thyroid cancer girls that have gone through it or are going through it, or have been recently diagnosed. I’m sending all my love to you,’ she continued. 

On a heartfelt note, the Portsmouth native added: ‘I wish I could speak to you all. I wish we could have a little friendship group!

Brave: Hollyoaks star Abi, 28, explained she was originally told there was nothing to worry about by a doctor due to her young age, before asking for a second opinion after reality star Demi raised awareness by sharing the location of her own tumours (pictured following her biopsy)

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

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‘All the information is on the website and all I can say and I say this to everyone, is just push for appointments. If there’s a lump in your neck that doesn’t feel right, please just go and get it checked by a doctor, push for appointments – and check out Thyroid Cancer Trust, The Butterfly Cancer Trust as well, that can message you and give you more information.’

Demi has been open about her diagnosis throughout her journey with the disease. 

The TV star had two surgeries after doctors found a golf ball sized tumour in her neck and had treatment in September. 

During an interview in March 2022, Demi revealed she is ‘learning to live with’ her side effects after battling thyroid cancer and admitted her life ‘will never be the same.’

Demi, who added that things are ‘going brilliantly’ since she was declared cancer-free, told OK!: ‘The people I’ve spoken to with cancer, we always say there’s life before cancer and there’s life after cancer and it’s never the same. 

‘You have to differentiate your life in two sections, so I’m learning to live with it and I’m learning to live with side effects and everything. But everything is going brilliant.’

Demi added that she no longer worries about the ‘little things’ in life that used to make her upset, and she has encouraged others to enjoy themselves and ‘have fun’.

She said: ‘I’m still dealing with my dad at home, who is terminally ill, I’ve overcome cancer and I think life is so short. Enjoy yourself, do what you want to do, spend the money when you want to spend it and just have fun.’ 

On the mend: Demi, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, before being given the all-clear in December, admitted her life will ‘never be the same’

Demi announced she was free of cancer in December 2021, just seven months after being diagnosed.

She posed next to the entrance sign for Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth as she broke the news across social media.

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.’

Honest and open: Demi has been open about her diagnosis throughout her journey with the disease