An Instagram influencer named Jade “Jayda” McCann from County Wicklow, Ireland, blogged her way through cancer which has just taken her life at the age of 24.
Jade talked about her entire battle through Instagram, covering hair loss, weight gain, what it means to be and feel beautiful, and the experience of having a parent with cancer at the same time she did. She never held back, and helped a lot of other women find their voices during difficult times as well. Her cancer, a very rare type of cancer called perivascular epithelioid cell tumors or “PEComa,” was first found in her vulva, and then spread to her lungs.Read More
The update came through her own Instagram account, which has about 70,000 followers, “Just wanted to update you all on Jade’s situation; Jade passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning at 5:10am. We will put up a post int eh near future with more details regarding her passing but for now her family would appreciate privacy until everything is in order. Thank you all for your continued support and kindness.”
Three hours later, her formal obituary was posted to her Instagram story.
Information about perivascular epithelioid cell tumors (PEComa)
A family of rare tumors that form in the soft tissues of the stomach, intestines, lungs, female reproductive organs, and genitourinary organs, according to the National Cancer Institute. Most PEComas are benign (not cancer). They often occur in children with an inherited condition called tuberous sclerosis.
In Jade’s case, the tumors were found on her vulva, and later spread to her lungs.
Jade’s cancer journey
Jade was very open about her cancer journey from the moment it began, and shared the parts of it she found most important with all of her 70,000 followers. In a recent post, Jade talked about beauty and femininity during cancer. She posted a slide show of photos of herself that ranged from perfectly done up with make-up, hat and wig, to totally bald and visibly in treatment. “What does beauty mean to you?” she wrote alongside the post, “This is a topic I’ve wanted to talk about for a while now.”
“I can leave my house as either person and the funny thing is- I do get looked at and treated differently,” she continued, “But beauty is not about wigs or makeup…One thing I’ve learned since I gained weight, got stretch marks, lost my hair and all the rest.. is that [star] BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN [star] I am still kind. I am still brave. I am still generous. I am still ME & outside things don’t make me who I am. My personality and my heart does.”
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➡️SWIPE➡️ What does beauty mean to you? ????????♀️ This is a topic I’ve wanted to talk about for a while now & I’m fairly sure you guys would be interested in commenting with your thoughts???? If you see the first two pictures, I have a wig on, a full face of makeup, gorgeous lashes done by @elysianbrows Greystones, a full set of nails???? And don’t get me wrong, we all love a confidence boost- including me!???????????? In the last photo, I’m in my pyjamas with no makeup and I am bald???? I had just had my teeth whitened by @teeth_whiteningfairies so I was delighted with life???? But my point is, on any day I can leave my house as either person and the funny thing is- I do get looked at and treated differently???? But beauty is not about wigs or makeup. Instagram and other apps have made us believe we need to live up to some kind of standard that half of the time IS NOT REAL. I’m not ashamed to say that sometimes I use filters or tweak my pictures here or there- we are all guilty of it!???????????? But one thing I’ve learned since I gained weight, got stretch marks, lost my hair and all the rest.. is that ????BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN???? I am still kind. I am still brave. I am still generous. I am still ME & outside things don’t make me who I am. My personality and my heart does. That’s my rant over anyway???? I just wanted to put that across as so many people comment on my appearance lately. I know people are trying to be kind but instead of saying ‘you’ve lost weight’ or ‘your face isn’t as bloated’ or some people pass maybe even just a compliment like ‘you’re so pretty’ or whatever… But why aren’t we calling each other BRAVE or STRONG or even INSPIRING!? Women are way more than our exterior and I feel like not enough influencers highlight this, not enough followers discuss it. Well, it’s time☺️ We are more than what we look like. We are beautiful for WHO WE ARE???????? #JaydaMcCann #CancerFighter #Sarcoma #SarcomaWarrior #BeautyBloggerb
Similarly, she wrote about the why she was gaining weight during cancer, “I realized so many young girls concerned with my weight gain. This is mainly fluid and is from the treatment/ drugs I’m on [wailing face] But you know what? I’d rather be chunky and funky than dead”
And said that she’s proud of her body no matter what because it’s hers, “It is a little shocking where young people’s minds can go when thinking about weight/ looking ‘good’. LOOK LIKE YOU. Be YOU. This is me at the moment- yeah I’m a little fluffier, balder & hungrier but I am also still 100% me.”
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People come in all shapes and sizes and no two bodies are exactly the same. We may go up and down in weight, get sick and better in health, our skin might break out or maybe we’ve got stretch marks or scars. My point being that following my Q&A tonight, I realized so many young girls concerned with my weight gain???? This is mainly fluid and is from the treatment/ drugs I’m on???? But you know what? I’d rather be chunky and funky than dead☺️ If these things are the price I pay for more time on this earth well then bring it on???? It is a little shocking where young people’s minds can go when thinking about weight/ looking ‘good’. LOOK LIKE YOU. Be YOU. This is me at the moment- yeah I’m a little fluffier, balder & hungrier but I am also still 100% me. I try to be kind and honest and live a good life. And I try my very best to stay healthy and alive. And that’s more important than any Instagram post/like/picture if ya ask me ???????????? Happy Monday, duckies???? sending you all positive vibes???????????? PS. I am not saying that I am fat or a marker to measure weight, simply just serving some hot tea???????????? #jaydamccann #weightgain #treatment #sarcoma #PEComa
And finally, Jade kept her followers updated on one of the hardest parts of her cancer journey: her dad is also suffering from terminal cancer. “A lot of you might not know this but Dad’s cancer, although it is still prostate cancer, has now spread to his liver, lungs and central spine [crying emoji]. Prognosis wise, this means that Dad is now in the same boat as me… meaning that he is now officially terminal,” she wrote about her father’s illness.
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????Important Daddy update???? I know it’s only Wednesday but holy moly it has been a HELL of a week???????? Unfortunately, Dad was hospitalized via ambulance yesterday because of pain and not being able to breathe. A lot of you might not know this but Dad’s cancer, although it is still prostate cancer, has now spread to his liver, lungs and central spine???? Prognosis wise, this means that Dad is now in the same boat as me… meaning that he is now officially terminal???? This means that like me, they can treat the disease and hopefully hold it under control for the rest of his days but will not be able to cure it. Without treatment or if the treatment doesn’t work, the doctors are saying that Dad’s looking at less than a year???? But we’ve got a good few tricks up our sleeves and once again, WE WILL NOT GIVE UP- there are a few treatment options available???????? At the moment, Bren & I are on the way in to see him for a pizza party???????????? So, he is in much better form and I’m sure I’ll be able to cheer him up????☺️ We’re hoping that he will be let out by the end of the week but of course, we won’t happy until Dad is completely comfortable as can be. HE STARTS HIS NEW CHEMO TOMORROW! This is with the aim to get things under control both growth and pain so fingers crossed and prayers said PLEASE! ???????? He’s a little bit nervous but he’s okay & of course we are all behind him 100%???? COME ON DAD… let’s do this☺️♥️ #jaydamccann #daddy #fuckcancer #cancerwarriors
Yet, thought the two knew there wasn’t much they could do about their cancers, they were determined to stay optimistic and explore every last possibility, “But we’ve got a good few tricks up our sleeves and once again, WE WILL NOT GIVE UP- there are a few treatment options available.”