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James Mitchell on #LivingWithCancer: 'It can be very violent, very destructive... it can scare you half to death'

Irish vloggers and social media stars share their experiences of #LivingWithCancer

Published 14/09/2015 | 09:06

Irish vloggers and social media influencers are sharing their experiences of #LivingWithCancer as part of the Independent.ie series.

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Independent.ie will be featuring a number of vloggers during the #LivingWithCancer campaign all this week.

YouTuber James Mitchell is the first YouTuber to undertake the 'Living With Cancer' tag. As part of this video tag, social media influencers are asked to donate to the Irish Cancer Soc and tag others to do the same.

James explained that his family found the disease very hard to confront.

"As a family unit we found it very hard to talk about... it was so hard not to think about the very worst case".

"The thought that we might have to talk about Dad's death was terrifying".

James explains that his father's two cancer scares have resulted in their family reassessing their priorities.

"I am thankful for learning what's important".

James Mitchell is best known for his brash, no-holds-barred, high-energy videos online, but this one shows his vulnerable side - previously seen in his 'Call Your Nanna' viral video.

 Following the video by Trinity Students' Union in which they asked viewers to 'Call Your Granny for Equality' ahead of the Irish marriage referendum, James picked up the phone and recorded the (very raw) conversation with his beloved 'Nanna'.

That video was viewed over 160,000 times on YouTube.

Text PINK to 50300 to donate €4 to the Irish Cancer Society.

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