A POPULAR Irish influencer who documented her life with terminal cancer has died.
Ms Jayda McCann, 24, passed away yesterday after a long fight with the stage 4 disease.
Her family broke the news to Ms McCann's 68,000 followers on the social media giant by posting on her story:
"Just want 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 in the 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 support and continued kindness,"
Ms McCann was popular with her followers for her upbeat and positive attitude, describing herself on her bio as "Living with stage 4 cancer & kicking its bum with positivity and lifestyle".
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🌟🦄50𝑘🦄🌟 I just want to post a little thank you to each and every person on here that genuinely has my best interest at heart and follows me with love and compassion🥰 I genuinely am so grateful💞 At the moment, we’re running a tight ship update wise but there are a few bits I can share ☺️💗 After my hospitalization about three weeks ago, due to seizures and brain cancer, I became paralyzed in my left side🤷🏽♀️ I started brain radio right away which I have finished (this is why I’m bald🙈😂)- This can take 6 weeks to show any effect but THANK GOD, I have been flying along with physio, starting to walk again, see properly again & can hear fully again🙌🏽 we are hopeful and really pray I continue to make the same progress 💪🏽Unfortunately, I did take a bad turn last week and almost didn’t make it due to respiratory declines but once again, PULLED THROUGH💁🏽♀️👑That’s why I haven’t really been on as I’ve been coming back around but luckily, my angels are seriously working overtime and ever since I’ve just been getting stronger, gaining back movement, eating, resting and living in the moment as much as possible. This is the hardest it has been by far☹️ I am basically a baby again- in a wheelchair with full 24hr assistance from family, nurses and carers! But I am alive and so grateful to be. Each person in my life is a complete blessing and I will NEVER forget who showed up for the right reasons because (and I don’t think people realize this) it’s so obvious who wants the gossip and who want to help🤷🏽♀️😂Chemo is being put off again as test results have come back and said that a second try at the Sirolimus in a higher dose SHOULD be more effective. I started yesterday so get your candles lighting and your prayers going🧘🏽♀️✨ I’m on a lot of steroids so have gained weight, I will probably continue to do so and it’s hard to look cute when I’m basically transforming into a moon head Buddha 🌚 but here I I am😂🙈 It has been a very tough few weeks but we are NOT giving up at all anytime soon💁🏽♀️ My faith in myself, my God and my abilities are just too strong and I have too much to live for👏🏽 oh & Thank you @torimccann_x for my balloons🌟💕 #Instahun
She had uploaded her final post three weeks ago, a positive piece about finding confidence and realising that beauty comes from within.
"I am still kind. I am still brave. I am still generous. I am still ME," Ms McCann wrote.
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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
Ms McCann's family later posted a more detailed goodbye to their daughter and sister, saying that she passed peacefully "surrounded by her family, her partner and in the wonderful care of the staff at Blackrock Hospice".
May she rest in peace.