Sad news. Diem Brown has died at age 32 after a long battle with cancer.
The news of her passing comes just days after the MTV “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” star asked for prayers and support.
Diem posted on Twitter on Tuesday, “I NEED PRAyErs and advice my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won’t & can’t rollover. Whatever option I have to LIVE I’m grabbing!”
Diem has fought cancer off-and-on for nearly a decade, but admits finding out the cancer had spread last month “crushed a little bit of my spirit”.
She remained focused on her future “because I believe I’m going to make it”.
She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 23. She went into remission but the disease returned in 2012.
The Real World/Road Rule Challenge contender lost both ovaries but not before doctors were able to freeze some of her eggs to allow her to have a biological child in the future.
She went into remission for a second time in 2013 following several months of treatment.
This summer she suffered another devastating blow after learning the cancer had returned, this time to her colon and stomach.
Doctors had to perform an emergency hysterectomy in August, which ended her hopes of carrying a child.
She still remained positive and said to would use a surrogate to start a family.
Last month just before her kidney surgery, doctors told the reality star that the stomach and colon cancer they had found in August had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.
Brown told People magazine, “That was a shocker to me. I was blown away. It really crushed a little bit of my spirit”.
After surgery, she suffered from the side effects from her latest round of chemotherapy and then had to undergo a blood transfusion on October 23.
She admitted, “It was such a dark, dark, dark, dark place. 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.”
Diem spoke of her experience with cancer in a candid interview recently.
She stated, “It’s important to me to share the ‘realness’ of my journey. It’s okay to admit that at times it’s hard, that it can be tough.”
She dreamed of experiencing everyday pleasures, like apple picking in the fall, but more than anything, she said, she just wanted to live.
“No matter what it is, you’re going to have the bad days, but if you have hope throughout, you won, no matter what the results,” she said in October. “Life is so beautiful.”
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