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Diem Brown Blogs: The Slippery Slope of Depression

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Diem Brown Blogs: The Slippery Slope of Depression

Originally posted 09/19/2013 03:30PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

I do not throw around the word "depression" lightly. That's why you'll never hear me say any phrases like, "Ugh, I would kill myself if ..." I've seen too much and have counseled too many people who really struggle, to be so flippant about suicide or depression.

I have been depressed once before in my life – it was during my first bout of ovarian cancer. I was six months into treatment and got a call telling me that they had to extend and alter my chemo because it wasn't working.

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Diem Brown Blogs: Learning to Not Give In to Negativity

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Diem Brown Blogs: Learning to Not Give In to Negativity

Originally posted 09/12/2013 01:35PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but also about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

Getting hurt after you reluctantly open up to someone isn't pretty. This week's episode of Rivals 2 was really hard for me to watch. I've known that I'm horrible with dealing with confrontation and being hurt emotionally, but watching it unfold on TV was particularly difficult to stomach.

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Diem Brown Blogs: I'm Ready to Have a Partner in Life

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Diem Brown: I'm Ready to Have a Partner in Life

Originally posted 09/05/2013 12:00PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but also about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

As we go through different experiences in life we often feel the need to gain and maintain control of our surroundings, hearts and life paths. We all find comfort in things we can control. We yearn for schedules, routines and things that remain constant when the world throws us curveballs.

But when we become ill or encounter various life roadblocks, the urgency and need for that control becomes stronger.

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Diem Brown: My Walls Are Up When It Comes to Romance

UpdatePosted 08/29/2013 05:30PM

Diem Brown Blogs: My Walls Are Up When It Comes to Romance

Originally posted 08/29/2013 11:30AM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but also about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

Walls are made to keep things out, to keep things in, to maintain good boundaries among neighbors and for protection. I feel the same can be said of emotional walls.

My last boyfriend told me he could never "get to me" that I never “fully let him in" and, in all honesty, his thoughts were true. I don't feel like I ever gave him that access, because in my mind, until I walk down the aisle, then the relationship is not a certainty and it's not forever.

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Diem Brown on Dealing with Mood Swings After Chemo

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Diem Brown Blogs: Dealing with Mood Swings After Chemo

Originally posted 08/22/2013 11:15AM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but also about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

Success is when preparation meets opportunity.

Some people might call me overly cautious, but I try to make sure that when the right opportunity presents itself that I am 100 percent prepared for it. That, above all, explains why I ran, swam, and trained so hard in preparation for this season of The Challenge. I was terrified that if I slacked off, my cancer treatment side effects would catch up to me in the final.

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Diem Brown's Blog: What Does It Mean to Be Fake?

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Diem Brown's Blog: What Does It Mean to Be Fake?

Originally posted 08/15/2013 04:45PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but also about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

What's fake?

Wednesday's episode of Rivals 2 on MTV was a pot-stirring challenge like I have never seen before. The trivia game held all the elements to make people turn quicker than a cut apple.

I found it hilarious that one question got everyone's blood to boil. Not "Who's the trashiest in the house?" Nope, that question was laughed off ... but answering "Who's the fakest in the house?" had people going crazy!

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Diem Brown Blogs: Why I Don't Play It Safe

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UpdatePosted 08/08/2013 04:15PM

Diem Brown Blogs: Why I Don't Play It Safe

Originally posted 08/08/2013 10:40AM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

I am not a middle-of-the-road type of person. Everyone who truly knows me, knows where I stand on almost every issue and subject. Growing up in a family of six, I learned early on if you don't speak up and have a stance on something, you won't have a voice in anything.

The strength of my voice has varied throughout my run on The Challenge: Rivals II. However, I learned that if you don't play the game, the game will play you.

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Diem Brown Blogs: Conquering the Fear Monster

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Diem Brown Blogs: Conquering the Fear Monster

Originally posted 08/01/2013 02:30PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

What holds us back? I think if we dig deep and expose the core reasons why we don't jump in, leap, go for it, etc., we'll discover they're centered around the limiting emotion of fear.

Fear binds us and inhibits us from achieving our full potential. Finding a way to break away from those fears is how we can set ourselves free. Overcoming fear may be uncomfortable, but it's conquerable.

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Diem Brown Blogs: Who Defines You?

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Diem Brown Blogs: Who Defines You?

Originally posted 07/25/2013 10:15AM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

Who defines you?

Sex, religion, race, age, political affiliation ... check one. As a society we are put into one classification box or another from the moment we are born. From that point on, we are more or less programmed to continue to put ourselves into additional classification boxes and groups as we maneuver through life.

More often than not, I think we all want to be a part of some sort of group. Being part of a group means you get to share a common interest or experience so it's often that much easier to relate to one another.

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Diem Brown Blogs: My Ode to Talia Castellano

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Diem Brown Blogs: My Ode to Talia Castellano

Originally posted 07/18/2013 07:45PM

After successfully battling ovarian cancer for the second time and sharing her journey on PEOPLE.com, Diem Brown is back to blogging. This time around, she will not only share updates on her own life, but about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

My eyes are burning as I write today's blog, for although we never met, I was deeply touched by an angel named Talia Castellano, who has now taken her place in heaven.

I was quite moved by how much Talia's passing affected me. Like I said, we never met but I felt as if I knew her, as if we shared something. I know I am not alone in that. Her warm, honest smile and joy-filled eyes were a bright spot in anyone's day as they came across her story, adorable YouTube videos and gorgeous pictures.

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