Tarek El Moussa has gone through two battles with cancer as well as devastating back pain, and on March 16 he opened up in a lengthy message to fans about his illness’ ‘major toll on his physical and mental health.’ Here’s why he ‘still wonders how he survived.’
Tarek El Moussa, 35, has been through a lot over the last three years. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after a fan spotted a lump on his neck on Flip or Flop, fought off testicular cancer, and lived with immobilizing back pain. On March 16 he decided to show his vulnerable side to fans and reveal how the battle affected him, body and mind.
“I thought I would share this with everyone, to truly understand how absolutely sick I was,” writes Tarek on an Instagram photo of himself looking pale, exhausted, and emaciated. “Look at this photo and look at my eyes, I was a skeleton. This took a major toll on my physical and mental health. I know many of my fans have had similar struggles and can relate.”
“The last 3 years were the hardest of my life, I look back and still wonder how I survived… I never quit although I wanted to thousands of times all day every day,” he revealed. “This is from hurting my back after battling 2 cancers… I had a 60 pound weight swing from my illnesses.”
Despite everything he’s been through, Tarek really wants to be an inspiration to his fans that might also be dealing with hard times, because now he’s stronger and healthier than ever. “I’m proud to say I didn’t quit and I’m in the best shape of my life!! For everyone struggling right now from any situation.. remember… keep your head up and don’t quit! There is light at the end of the tunnel, stay strong! T.” We’re proud of you, Tarek!
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