Cork woman and well-known social media influencer Shannen Joyce has announced to her followers that she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in six years.
The 25-year-old Youghal native has beaten stage three non-Hodgkin lymphoma twice and came out the other side of a stem cell transplant she underwent in November of last year.
She previously spoke toat the beginning of lockdown about the importance of being mindful of vulnerable people in the community during Covid-19.
At that time, she said that she had “fought very very hard” during her treatment.
Now, she is set to fight again after being diagnosed with T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma for the third time and has said that she will continue to be open and honest about her cancer journey as “it has touched so many people and it has helped so many people”.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Shannen and her family with medical costs and has reached over €130,00 in less than 24 hours of being live.
Returning to social media after a recent break she said that she knew she would come back to the platform but didn’t think she'd come back with “this kind of news”.
Updating her followers she said: “I want to say the biggest thank you, I know I’ve said it so much before but ye have no idea how much I appreciate it, how much my family appreciates it.”
She encouraged people to be “so vigilant and so understanding” their bodies and said “when something is wrong, check it, don’t put it off”.
She said that although lymphoma is a blood cancer that her bloods had come back perfect and warned that “you can’t always go by bloods, if you think there’s something wrong maybe take it further”.
Ms Joyce said she is so grateful to her friends Ciarán and Denise Byrne who set up the Go Fund Me page and that they have “no idea the burden they’ve taken off our shoulders”.
Previously, Ms Joyce said that setting up a Go Fund Me wasn’t for her because there were people who needed it more but this time round the funds will be used to “get to the bottom of this and make sure that I get rid of this cancer and it will never come back again”.
In a post on her Instagram account, she said: “Shit things happen in this world and cancer won't define me. What will define me is how I embark on this journey and take the good with the bad. So guys, light the candles. Love you all lots. Here we go again.”
To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/shannen-needs-our-help