Diem, who had emergency surgery in August of 2014, to remove several tumors in her body, reveals in a new interview that her organs began shutting down ‘one-by-one’ during surgery, and her doctors didn’t think she would make it.
Diem Brown has been fighting for her life. The 32-year-old, former Real World star, tells People that after undergoing her most recent surgery, she never realized how close she would come to dying. She is sharing her story with the world and finally revealing that her body went into full septic shock, “a condition that occurs when an overwhelming infection leads to life-threatening low blood pressure.”
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Diem emotionally reveals that her doctors didn’t tell her right at first that she almost died during surgery.
“It wasn’t until later that they told me that all my organs had started shutting down one by one. My heart rate had gone. I was in full septic shock,” she says. “They said, ‘We were all terrified.’ I was like, ‘What?'”
She says that after her surgery, she woke up and her feet were totally swollen, three times her normal size.
“My feet looked like Flintstones feet,” she said. “The doctors said, ‘Your body is reacting to everything you just went through.’ “
But many may wonder why she is so open to sharing her story, especially since she is still recovering.
“It’s important to me to share the realness of my journey to help show that ‘healthy’ isn’t a quick before-and-after picture,” she says. “But instead it’s okay to admit that at times it’s hard, that it can be tough.”
Even her own doctors told her that they were shocked she survived!
“Just yesterday, my doctor said, ‘You don’t understand. You’re not supposed to look this way. You’re so lucky, and someone’s watching over you up there,'” she said. “My mom passed away, so maybe Mom was like, ‘Not yet.'”
Her sister Megan Brown, tells HollywoodLife.com that they have been so grateful to the amount of people for reaching out, including her former co-stars.
“[Diem] has been overwhelmed by the number of people that have reached out to her,” she told us. “Sharing their love and support via social media sites, texts, emails and letters. Many of her former cast mates have even traveled in to visit her. It’s the steady stream of support and love that will fuel her recovery and determination to beat this … again.”
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Diem has been battling ovarian cancer and was just recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
“Doctors found one tumor blocking her colon completely so they had to do emergency surgery that evening to remove the blockage,” Diem’s sister Megan told People. “They were able to remove the mass, but once they were inside they found out there were multiple tumors.”
She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was just 23-years-old.
HollywoodLifers, we are so proud of Diem for being so open about what is going on in her personal life.
— Chloe Melas