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Amber Marchese's Blog: Cancer 'Is Not My Reality'

Amber Marchese's Blog: Cancer 'Is Not My Reality'

Originally posted 06/30/2015 01:35PM

Amber Marchese, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , is blogging about her second battle with cancer for PEOPLE. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.

As I wrote last week, my scans were now complete, as was my lumpectomy – my first of several more surgeries to come. I was anxiously awaiting the scan results, which would determine my prognosis. It felt like an eternity waiting for my results. I scheduled an appointment to meet my oncologist Dr. Nissenblatt (whom I call Dr. N) to get my results.

As I drove to his office I thought back to what happened and how the last few weeks had transpired. Over the last few weeks, some days I was wracked with fear, others I glided through with no issues, almost as if my diagnosis was just an episode on TV. Seriously, this is not my reality.

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Teresa Giudice Tweets from Prison to Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: 'Finally Some Good News Coming Out of a Court'

Teresa Giudice Tweets from Prison to Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: 'Finally Some Good News Coming Out of a Court'

Originally posted 06/28/2015 01:55PM

For the third time since going to prison for fraud, Teresa Giudice Tweeted to her fans – celebrating the Supreme Court's historic gay marriage ruling.

"Finally some good news coming out of a court! #Justice&Equality4All #LoveWins" she Tweeted, adding a rainbow heart at the end.

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Teresa Giudice Tweets from Prison: Thanks Fans for Standing by Her Through 'This Most Difficult Time' | Teresa Giudice

Teresa Giudice Tweets from Prison: Thanks Fans for Standing by Her Through 'This Most Difficult Time'

Originally posted 06/26/2015 12:05AM

It's been almost six months since she turned herself in to a federal prison in Connecticut to serve time for fraud, and on Thursday, Teresa Giudice sent a message to her fans via Twitter.

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Amber Marchese Blogs About the Moment When Cancer Made Her Feel 'Totally Alone'

Amber Marchese Blogs About the Moment When Cancer Made Her Feel 'Totally Alone'

Originally posted 06/15/2015 05:50PM

Amber Marchese, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , is blogging about her second battle with cancer for PEOPLE. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.

If you read my blog last week, you know I left off at a point where the doctors had to determine the Stage to which my disease progressed. As I said last week, the first step before determining your treatment is Staging your disease. My amazing oncologist, Dr. Michael Nissenblatt, began ordering a gamut of tests to see if and or how far the cancer spread. My first scan was a full body PET scan (positron emission tomography (PET) scan. The PET scan uses a radioactive substance to identify cells rapidly metabolizing sugar. Why do we care about sugar? That was my question.

Simply put, cancer cells grow at an accelerated rate and require a food source, so cells that are rapidly metabolizing sugar are growing (more on nutrition and cancer in a later blog). The PET scan identifies spots of increased activity. The cells that burn sugar are called "hot spots" because they literally glow on the scan, with a tumor glowing as it grows much faster than normal cells. Before you look at your PET scan and freak out, half your organs should glow! Remember many of your organs (like your heart) better have activity, or you are literally dead.

So my husband Jim and I drove to the radiology center. It was clear day, and the sky was blue, but I only know this because my husband told me – I was lost in thought.

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Teresa Giudice's Lawyer: 'Nothing Has Been Seized from Her and Nothing Will Be'

Teresa Giudice's Lawyer: 'Nothing Has Been Seized from Her and Nothing Will Be'

Originally posted 06/10/2015 07:45PM

Yes, Teresa Giudice made a deal to pay back money she owes the federal government in connection with her bankruptcy fraud case – but she did so months ago, her attorney tells PEOPLE.

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Amber Marchese: My Journey with Cancer | The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of..., Amber Marchese

Amber Marchese: My Journey with Cancer

Originally posted 06/02/2015 05:15PM

Starting today, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Amber Marchese will blog about her second battle with cancer on PEOPLE.com. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.

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Teresa Giudice Breaks Silence in Prison with Sweet Message to Her Fans

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Teresa Giudice Breaks Silence in Prison with Sweet Message to Her Fans

Originally posted 05/31/2015 09:25PM

Teresa Giudice speaks!

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RHONJ Star Amber Marchese's Breast Cancer Has Not Spread: 'I Am Very Blessed'

RHONJ Star Amber Marchese's Breast Cancer Has Not Spread: 'I Am Very Blessed'

Originally posted 05/22/2015 09:00PM

Starting next week, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Amber Marchese will share her journey about her second battle with cancer with a new PEOPLE blog. "I am excited to be able to have PEOPLE.com as my platform to bring everyone on my journey with me," she says. "I don't know how or why this happened again, but I have to turn it into an opportunity to raise awareness not just about breast cancer, but about self-detection, treatment options, the importance of faith, a positive attitude, and the overall health of our bodies. I am hoping to educate and inspire others in their fight. I was blessed to find it a second time."

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See Photos from Lauren Manzo's Tea Party Bridal Shower

Caroline Manzo Throws Daughter Lauren a Bridal Shower – See the Photos!

Originally posted 05/18/2015 01:50PM

Lauren Manzo is about to put the "wife" in Real Housewives.

But before the Bravo reality star marries fiancé Vito Scalia, mom Caroline Manzo hosted a pre-wedding celebration.

"Today @carolinemmanzo threw me the most beautiful and perfect bridal shower!" Lauren, 27, captioned an Instagram of her wearing a flowing white gown Sunday.

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Fans Plan to Make Teresa Giudice's Birthday in Prison Extra Special

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Fans Plan to Make Teresa Giudice's Birthday in Prison Extra Special

Originally posted 05/15/2015 02:40PM

Teresa Giudice may not be hosting an over-the-top birthday party at her Jersey mansion or blowing out candles on a designer cake this year, but her fans plan on showing her lots of love on her birthday.

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