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The Jonas Brothers visited a local hospital in Hersey, Pennsylvania, while on their worldwide tour to visit teenage fan Lily Jordan on Saturday night.

Lily was undergoing chemotherapy and was unable to make the Jonas Brothers concert she had originally bought tickets for due to her health.

Social media followers shared Jordan's Facebook post inviting the group to see her in hospital, which said;

“I was supposed to be at your Hersey concert tomorrow but instead I’m across the street doing chemotherapy,” Jordan wrote in an Instagram post. “If y’all wanted to pop in I’ll give you my room.”

“Seriously though I wish I was seeing the Jonas Brothers so bad so like? I don't know, tag them or put this on your story or something for lil' old me,” she added.

The youngster has been battling cancer bravely for years, and said that the band's visit to Penn State Children's Hospital 'made her life'.

“Thanks for inviting us,” 31-year-old Kevin says in a clip from the visit, shared online by the hospital. “We saw your message, we had to come over,” added 30-year-old Joe.


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“Do you have a favourite song that we can dedicate to you?” 26-year-old Nick asked, as Priyanka Chopra promised that the boys would send her a video of their performance.

“Definitely S.O.S.,” Jordan replied. “That’s my favourite.” Jordan offered a gift to Joe's wife, Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark in HBO series Game of Thrones.

“I have something that I wanted to give Sophie,” Lily told Joe, offering a handmade bracelet.

“I love her so much, so I wanted to give her that,” she added, explaining that the colours matched the Stark house banner, which was hung behind Lily's bed.


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Jordan thanked the Jonas Brothers as well as everyone who passed along her message for making the visit possible;

“Wow. The power of social media you guys. YOU did this. YOU made my crappy chemo session into something incredibly special and unforgettable." 

“Thank you thank you thank you @jonasbrothers for taking time out of your day to come pay me a visit. Literally made my life,” she added.

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Codilia Gapare, a breast cancer survivor, has revolutionised the beauty industry by creating the first ever false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014 on the same day that she underwent an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University.

While she was offered her dream place, she eventually had to drop out to focus on her chemotherapy treatment after struggling to balance her studies. She chose to use her spare time to create something truly special.

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She initially had tried to ignore the diagnosis, but later had to face the illness head on after losing all of her hair.

"The mental battle caused me to become drained. I had two kids, I was a single mum, working two jobs. And that was my reality. I was so upset with myself for being sick. I was supposed to be realising my dream but instead, I felt like a failure," she explained.

Through this intensely difficult time in her life, she realised that there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients.

She transformed her idea into an actual product, 'C Lashes', and partnered with beauty brand Eylure. The company have since released the range in Boots stores, making the cosmetic industry more accessible for women with cancer.


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In an interview with metro.co.uk, she describes how the lashes are designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the eyelid, and this makes the whole process far easier for women with little-to-no eyelashes.

Colidia wanted to make something that would help cancer patients feel like themselves again, and recalled how hard it was for her to lose her hair;

"Being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair."

Colidia came from Zimbabwe to the UK when she was 26-years-old to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a lawyer, so a full-time business model wasn't exactly planned. Especially after spending years working and studying to apply for university.


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The 41-year-old Cheshire resident chose to drive three hours away to her law degree interview after being given her cancer diagnosis, and she NAILED it. What a woman.

She found a lump in her breast in July 2014, and confirmed the illness just a month later. "Mostly, I was in denial," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I really convinced myself I wasn’t ill, I was totally unprepared. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to my interview but I didn’t even think about cancelling it. ‘For me going ahead with the interview was going ahead with my life."


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She continued; "But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes."

"When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again."

Codilia's life has gone up and up since then; she was offered a scholarship through support network Women in Business to study a masters in Business Admin at the same university.

H​​​aving received the all-clear from the disease at her latest check-up, Codilia is now in the final year of her studies in Manchester. What an UNREAL gal.

The lashes come in three different styles including 'Naturals', 'Lengthening', and 'Volume', and can be bought on boots.ie for just €7.49 now.

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A team of researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons have made major progress in the fight against breast cancer. The team has discovered a mathematical formula that will show doctors how effective chemotherapy would be for patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

The scientists explained that even though their research is in the early stages, this formula has the potential to spare breast cancer patients from the side-effects of chemotherapy.

Jochen Prehn, who is a professor of physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons shared, “We hope that, if successful in further testing, our research may one day allow doctors to give women more tailored and effective treatments, and spare the harsh side-effects of chemotherapy in women who are unlikely to respond well to it.”

The treatment will help women with triple-negative breast cancer, which affects over 250 people in Ireland, especially younger women.

The team hope that their findings will lead to better treatments for women with triple-negative breast cancer, that will give patients a stronger outcome.

It will take many more years to develop this treatment but this is a great breakthrough. Robert O’Connor of the Irish Cancer Society told Newstalk, “This paper highlights vital work being undertaken to identify new ways to improve the treatment of cancer.”

He explained that the research shows the “building blocks required to lay the foundations for life-saving cancer research.”

"The more we understand this disease, the better chance we have of stopping it in its tracks,” he added.

The Irish Cancer Society help fund vital studies like this one through the public’s donations. They have urged the public to donate on Daffodil Day, which takes place on March 23.

This study was published in the journal Cell Death and Disease.


Back in 2013, Selena Gomez was almost constantly pictured on the red carpet or out in LA, usually on the arm of her then-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

But towards the end of that year, the singer dropped out of the spotlight unexpectedly, leading many to claim she was in rehab or simply couldn't take the pressures of fame.

In a new interview with Billboard, Selena has finally set the record straight, and the reality is far more upsetting than any rumour.

The 23-year-old was forced to undergo chemotherapy that year, to fight the auto-immune disease lupus.

"'That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," Selena explains.

Lupus is a potentially fatal disease that causes the body to attack its own healthy tissue, leading to inflammation, joint swelling, fatigue, chest pain and hair loss among other symptoms.

Selena's diagnosis and subsequent treatment meant the singer had to cancel both the Australian and Asian leg of her 2013 world tour.

While some sources at the time claimed the cancellation was for medical reasons, Selena says it was tough reading the false tabloid reports suggesting she had a drug or alcohol addiction.

"I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes,'' she admits.

"I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

Emerging after treatement happier and healthier, Selena was again forced to deal with negative press earlier this year, this time for her body shape.

"I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she recalls. 

"That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying."

Five months on, Selena is using that negativity in a constructive way, embracing her body and even posing naked on the cover of her upcoming album, aptly titled Revival.

"The hate motivated me,' she explains.

"This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."


Here at SHEmazing! we just love to hear about inspiring and positive Irish women – and they certainly don't get more incredible than Eimear Coghlan.

Eimear was diagnosed with Grade 3 invasive breast cancer on the 4th December 2014.

Now, four months into chemotherapy treatment, Eimear has been sharing her inspiring story on her fabulous blog, A Head With Style.

Her aim is to help and inspire other women who may be feeling lost and scared about losing their hair by sharing style and make-up tips, plus lots more. Eimear explained that this would have been something that would have helped her when she began chemo:

“I looked to the internet for inspiration to comfort me on my journey into the unknown and though I found blogs and pictures of people recording their hair growth and their strive back to normality, I couldn’t find anyone proudly embracing and rocking their bald look.”

So, that’s exactly what Eimear decided to do. Telling how her new bald look made her feel ‘powerful’ and ‘free’, Eimear began to think of exciting ways she could style her new look:

 “I started to play around with earrings, jewellery and makeup as I wanted to celebrate my head and immediately I felt proud of my new shaved look.”

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The 31-year-old says that she hoped to give comfort and inspiration to women who may be going through the same emotions she was when it came to shaving her head and embracing her bald look:

“The strong inside me needs to be reflected on the outside, if it isn’t then it pulls the inside me down like an anchor. It’s not superficial, it’s a necessity. Style and accessories help keep both inside and outside me in synch. Own your look, rock your look, love your look. Then you’re ready to face anything.”

We have no doubt that Eimear’s incredible positive and inspirational outlook on life will be a great source of comfort to many women going through the same thing.

You can check out Eimear’s blog here and catch her on Facebook too for daily tips and inspiration on how to rock your look, no matter what.