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Slick Woods on chemotherapy: 'Stop treating me like a victim'

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Type Slick Woods has published she is present process chemotherapy, however says she does not sought after to be handled like a “sufferer”.

The style shared the inside track on her Instagram with a photograph of herself partying with buddies, however hasn’t published what form of most cancers she has.

“How I believe about chemotherapy, shout out to everybody that gotta undergo it,” wrote the 23-year-old.

Slick, recognized for her shaved head, added the hashtag “#atleastimalreadybald.”

She adopted it up with two extra posts asking other folks to not deal with her like a sufferer.

Enthusiasts, together with Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P Henson, posted messages of enhance on her posts.

What’s chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a type of remedy for most cancers, which comes to a affected person taking medication to kill most cancers cells within the frame.

However in addition to killing most cancers cells, it could actually additionally hurt wholesome cells within the frame and go away the affected person with unsightly uncomfortable side effects.

Those can come with hair loss, which Slick referred to in her Instagram put up, but in addition illness and vomiting, pores and skin issues, a sore mouth and larger possibility of an infection – amongst others.

Chemotherapy will also be ‘very keeping apart’

One one who is aware of what the ones uncomfortable side effects are like is social media influencer Olivia Smith – who had six months of chemotherapy in 2018 for Hodgkin Lymphoma, a kind of most cancers which impacts glands around the frame.

“It is very keeping apart, particularly if you end up a tender grownup,” Olivia, who is additionally 23, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“Most cancers is extra not unusual in older other folks, so in remedy rooms you’ll be surrounded via people who find themselves older.”

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Olivia in 2018 (left) and in 2019 (proper). She is now in remission from most cancers

Olivia says she has had psychological uncomfortable side effects too, reminiscent of anxiousness over whether or not her most cancers will go back and whether or not the chemotherapy removed it in complete.

She’s has been in remission for over a 12 months however, like Slick, she additionally shared her enjoy with most cancers on-line – posting about her adventure on Instagram and writing a weblog.

She additionally began an Instagram account known as Most cancers Chicks, a web-based enhance crew for younger ladies with most cancers.

“Ahead of I used to be identified, I assumed it was once just for previous other folks,” she says.

“I sought after to turn the way it can occur to someone and you do not grow to be outlined via the illness. You’ll nonetheless be into style and the whole thing else you have been into ahead of.”

And prefer Slick, Olivia did not need someone to look her as a sufferer both.

“I did not proportion my tale to tug on someone’s heartstrings, I did it to more or less open other folks’s eyes,” she says.

“I certainly did not need other folks to really feel sorry for me.”

‘Sharing on-line is not for everybody’

Most cancers charity Clic Sargent says whilst it may be vital for other folks with most cancers to look others in the similar place, no longer everyone seems to be relaxed sharing their reports on social media.

“Now we have observed increasingly that persons are sharing their adventure on-line and inform the arena how they really feel,” says a spokesperson in a remark to Newsbeat.

“Sharing on-line is not for everybody and social media is not at all times sure, however seeing people your age going via one thing an identical and having a way of group can assist younger other folks to really feel much less remoted.”

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Slick says her labour began all the way through Rihanna’s New York Type Week display in 2018

In 2018, Slick made headlines when she informed her fans she was once in labour when she walked the runway for Rihanna’s undies logo, Savage x Fenty, at New York Type Week in 2018.

She’d gave the impression at the catwalk closely pregnant at first of a 14-hour labour.

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