Ikee Tweets Treatment Much Tougher Than Expected

Ikee tweets treatment much tougher than expected

Japanese swimming superstar Rikako Ikee has revealed on Twitter how she has been coping with her treatment for leukemia.

The 18-year-old revealed her diagnosis last month. On Wednesday, she tweeted that treatment has been much, much tougher than she anticipated, and she has not been able to eat for more than three days. But she added she will not be defeated.

It was her first Twitter posting since February 13, several days after she was hospitalized for treatment.

Ikee's message was re-tweeted more than 6,000 times in 30 minutes. Many posted messages of encouragement.

One person tweeted "Stick it out!" in Chinese.

Another person shared personal experiences with leukemia treatment.