Reality star Diem Brown, 33, has revealed that her cancer has spread to her liver and lymph nodes. As she awaits yet another chemotherapy treatment, she is positive in the face of adversity, vowing that she’s going to make it.
Diem Brown has been facing setback after setback in her journey to recovery. After doctors discovered a blockage in her kidneys in September which turned out to be more tumors, she had to undergo surgery to remove the blockage before she could resume chemotherapy to shrink the tumors ravaging her body. Now that she going through chemotherapy, she reveals that the treatments make her feel like a “zombie.” However, she remains a beacon of positivity, vowing that she’ll make it through. So brave.
Diem Brown’s Cancer Has Spread To Liver & Lymph Nodes: Vows To ‘Make It’
Diem was about to undergo surgery on Oct. 13 for the cancer discovered in her kidneys when the doctors told her that the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes, reports People. That is so, incredibly devastating. “I was blown away. It really crushed a little bit of my spirit,” Diem told the mag.
She revealed that she goes into “trauma mode” whenever she hears devastating news like that: “My mind goes, like, cyborg. I don’t want to get emotional, and I ask a whole bunch of questions – as many as I can.”
Diem Brown: ‘I Believe I’m Going To Make It’
However, Diem would be nowhere without her positivity. Despite coming out of surgery in enormous pain, and despite the fact that her latest rounds of chemo have turned her into a “zombie,” she continues to make both long and short-term goals in order to look ahead. “It’s my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can,” Diem said. “My goals are something I believe in, because I believe I’m going to make it.”
As Diem revealed to People, she had never had a reaction to chemo so severe as the one she recently went through. “I would go in the bathtub and just lay down for hours, with the water running. I was just a zombie. I kept getting worse, and I felt like it would never end.” She has been battling cancer for 10 years now, and she had “never had a reaction to chemo the way [she] just had with this one.” So sad.
Diem Brown’s Next Chemotherapy Treatment Happening Nov. 18
“I know what it’s going to feel like going forward,” she said, remaining positive about her upcoming treatment on Nov. 18. “I’ll be better equipped to go through it.”
She went on to reveal her hopes for the future. “I’m going to have a family and get married and the whole American, 2½ kids, white-picket-fence dream. It’s something that’s really important to me, because it means a long-term future.”
As ever, our thoughts go out to Susan as she continues on her painful journey to recover and we commend her for retaining her positive spirit.
— Susan Johnson