Demi – who found fame on Love Island's winter edition in 2020 – had previously announced on social media that she'd had a "potentially cancerous" lump removed from her neck, and sent away for analysis. After receiving the results, she shared her sad news with her fans.
"Hi guys, I got my results today and unfortunately I have thyroid cancer," she posted on her Instagram Stories. "The tumour has been removed but I'm now due to have more surgery to remove the rest of my thyroid."
Demi went on to say that she's "staying very positive", and is "a strong girl, so I'll be fine". She thanked her fans for their "love and support always". "I'll bounce back stronger," she added.
She first noticed the lump back in 2019, but it was only after her stint on the ITV dating show that she decided to get it checked.
Calling the NHS staff at her local hospital in Portsmouth "unbelievable", Demi thanked her fans for all their supportive messages, adding that they'd made her "tearful".
In her Stories, she also implores her fans and followers to "check your lumps".
Fellow Islander Shauhna Phillips posted a video clip of her giving advice to Demi when they were in the villa, captioned: "My sweet, gentle, beautiful girl, the same message I was giving you in the video applies today more than ever. Game face on my girl, you've got this."
Demi emotionally replied: "I'm literally crying. I love you so much, so grateful to have you in my life."
She has been documenting her journey through doctors appointments and surgery, serving as a true inspiration.
More information and support for those impacted by all forms of cancer are available from organisations such as Cancer Research UK, NHS Choices and Stand Up to Cancer. You can reach Cancer Research UK on 0808 800 4040 to speak directly to a nurse.
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