08:25 PM EDT 11/25/2014
Originally posted 11/24/2014 04:00PM
Diem Brown chronicled her lengthy cancer battle with candor and courage, opening up about everything from her hair loss to her darkest days.
Originally posted 11/22/2014 12:50PM
She was a reality TV star whose winning personality and zest for life drew intense interest. And PEOPLE readers were just as inspired by Diem Brown as she bravely battled cancer, finally losing her fierce fight surrounded by the love of friends and family.
Originally posted 11/21/2014 06:55PM
Diem Brown never believed it was over.
Not when doctors told her that cancer had spread everywhere in her body.
Not when they advised that she had, at most, 30 days to live.
Not even when they suspended all treatment and told her there were no further options.
Originally posted 11/21/2014 01:15PM
Diem Brown loved holidays, from fireworks on the Fourth of July to pumpkin carving on Halloween. But the holiday she loved most was Christmas.
Originally posted 11/19/2014 02:00PM
The late reality star and cancer activist wanted to share her fight and inspire others
Originally posted 11/20/2014 12:00PM
[YOUTUBE "FdbtKoLCik4&app=desktop"] From sweet baby photos to inspiring moments from her cancer fight, Diem Brown was memorialized in a touching montage shown at her funeral on Tuesday.
Originally posted 11/19/2014 02:30PM
During her seven seasons on MTV's The Challenge, Diem Brown became a breakout star thanks to her competitive drive, warm charisma and the signature hair-flip that showed off her feisty playfulness.
Originally posted 11/19/2014 01:05PM
Diem Brown didn't have a bucket list. She never used the words "death" or "dying." And when, on the eve of her death on Nov. 14, doctors finally moved her into hospice care, her friends told her she had been "upgraded" to a nicer room because they knew how much she'd have loathed knowing otherwise.
Originally posted 11/18/2014 03:50PM
Diem Brown's loved ones gathered in New York City on Tuesday to say goodbye.
Originally posted 11/14/2014 03:45PM
Diem Brown hated to lose. She had an irreverent sense of humor. She loved to dance.
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