• Clodagh Meaney

Instagram blogger Big C and Me, Shannen Joyce, reveals cancer has returned for the third time

Shannen started her Instagram account six years ago to share her journey with cancer.


The Instagram blogger behind Big C and Me, Shannen Joyce, has revealed that her cancer has returned for the third time.


In July 2014, the mother of one from Youghal, Co.Cork was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for the first time.


After overcoming the illness, and spending 5 years cancer free, she was re-diagnosed with the illness in July 2019.


She finished her last round of chemotherapy in January, and now the 25-year-old has told her followers that her cancer has returned.


It comes just weeks after the blogger pledged to take a social media break after cruel trolls sent her three baby vests in the post, mocking the fact that the young mum is infertile.


"Guys, I have a little bit of news," she began her heartbreaking post.


"Unfortunately, I have relapsed and my cancer is back for a 3rd time."


Shannen said that she wasn't sure if she would return to the platform, but felt that her journey may help someone else.


"I have been taking a social media break and wasn't even sure would I come back but I feel like my last journey helped so many people and so many of you have helped me. I want to take you all on another journey with me."


"I don't know a lot as of right now only I have Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the third time in six years," she said.


Later this week she undergo a bone marrow biopsy to ensure the cancer hasn't spread.


"I have a PET scan tomorrow and will have a bone marrow biopsy on Friday [morning] to make sure it hasn't spread to bone marrow."


"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," she concluded.


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