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Love Island alumni Demi Jones has said she's "staying super positive" as she continues to fight cancer, revealing that if she didn't she'd 'make herself depressed'.
Demi, 23, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in May last year and has subsequently had two surgeries, but revealed she has more treatment coming up in September and will find out if she is cancer-free at the end of the year.
The reality star told her fans her devastating news shortly after her diagnosis and had to undergo surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized lump from her neck.
Speaking to Capital XTRA radio when asked about the power of her being positive she said: "I feel like if I didn't I would make myself ill – you've got to be positive-minded and you've got to be strong-minded to get yourself through it otherwise you just wouldn't.
Demi Jones has updated fans on her battle with cancer
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"You'd make yourself depressed," the star continued. "So I'm staying super positive and I've got some more treatment in September coming up and then hopefully by the end of the year I'll find out if I'm cancer-free."
She added: "I've had my two surgeries, I feel like that's the worst thing to go through, two surgeries in six weeks, but I've bounced back pretty quick and it's just nice to be out with my friends."
In reference to the country's so-called Freedom Day following the lifting of Covid-enforced restrictions, Demi said: "Bring on July 19, I'm ready to dance and have fun again!"
The star has been candid about her condition updating fans with her journey in a series of heartfelt videos.
When asked by radio presenter Will Njobvu if she had found it difficult to share the news Demi explained: "Oh god, it was hard because I feel like I'm sharing a massive side of me that's really important.
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"But the impact it's had – I was literally at a train station two days ago and a woman just comes up to me and goes 'Demi, thank you, because if it wasn't for you I wouldn't have had my lump checked last week' and just walked past.
"I was like 'wow'. It's so great I'm having this impact on people which is amazing but it is hard because sometimes when I'm out drinking or I'm out having fun with my girls, people are constantly coming up to me and asking me about it and it can be quite emotionally hard."
Demi has been documenting her diagnosis on Instagram
Demi also spoke about her split from Love Island's Luke Mabbott, who is now in a relationship with show alumni Lucie Donlan.
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Revealing why the couple parted ways she said: "I think lockdown had a major thing to do with it.
"Because we came out and he got pushed back up to Redcar and I was down in Portsmouth so we were so far apart and we couldn't see each other.
Demi says sharing her story has had a positive impact
"It was just Facetimes every day and we naturally realised maybe we're not that compatible and then he found a surfer girl.
"Honestly, it's fair enough, they're so much better suited, I can't complain! So, just onto bigger and better things!"