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Diem Brown on Learning to Be Open to Therapy

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Diem Brown Blogs About Learning to Be Open to Therapy

Originally posted 01/10/2013 06:35PM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

I grew up an Army brat and lived in Germany from when I was six years old until I was about 10. During those years, my mom wanted to make sure we absorbed as much "culture" and history as we could, so she would make us do a family drive around Europe on Saturdays. We did trips to every single monument, battlefield and castle you can imagine – and no drive was too far.

This might sound like an amazing adventure, but being a kid crammed into the back seat of a small car, driving up windy mountain roads between your sister and screaming brother, trying to reach your "field" destination ... Well, it felt more like pure torture!

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Diem Brown Revamps Her New Year's Resolutions

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Diem Brown Blogs About Her Revamped New Year's Resolutions

Originally posted 01/03/2013 03:15PM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

Every year when Jan. 1 rolls around, we start making a list of resolutions. My list starts off with three things I would like to make resolutions to change.

The list may start with three items, but if you're anything like me, that list of resolutions quickly turns into a full-length single-spaced page!

This year I made my list once again, but after looking at it I realized something: It's great to make list of things you want to change or improve, but it can become overwhelming. I think a lot of us live in the past or are looking forward to becoming what we want to be in the future.

Looking back now, I envy the days before I knew what cancer was. I was naïve about the impact of cancer and, frankly, the word death wasn't in my vocabulary.

Looking forward, I can dream about the future when I will be free of cancer. I can dream of the days when all of the physical side effects from cancer and chemo are gone and I can just be a normal healthy girl. I can dream of the future when one of my frozen IVF egglettes becomes a beautiful healthy baby. We can all dream of the perfect hope for our future painted the way a child envisions that anything is possible.

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Diem Brown Suggests One Way to Help Newtown Cope: 'Become Their Advocate' | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown's Response to Newtown Tragedy: Be an Advocate for Change!

Originally posted 12/20/2012 11:30AM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

Watching a loved one go through a "hardship" makes you feel helpless; you want to fix their problem, heal their pain, alleviate their stress.

So we send flowers, cards, gift baskets, etc., to let them know they are always on our minds. We also participate in Race for the Cure-type events to show them we want to "fix" the hardship they are facing. You may still feel helpless to heal a loved one's pain, but you have shown you are with them in their fight. You have become their advocate.

Another type of helpless feeling comes from a story on the news, like the devastatingly tragic, almost-unbearable-to-read shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

You instantly feel pain and utter anguish inside as the inconceivable reality burns through your chest. You feel so deeply connected to the people affected by the devastation but you don't know how to help. You feel helpless.

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Diem Brown Reveals Her Bald Look in Emotional Photo Shoot | Diem Brown

UpdatePosted 12/13/2012 05:15PM

Diem Brown Reveals Her Bald Look in Emotional Photo Shoot

Originally posted 12/13/2012 02:00PM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

Have you ever had a event that you are equally excited and nervous about? A certain holiday party where you want to look your best because your ex will be there; a high school reunion where you'll come face-to-face with classmates you want to impress; or a photo shoot where you'll reveal your bald bulbous head for the first time in front eyes other than your own? Well, the latter of the three applies to me, but I think we can all relate to an event that makes us as equally excited and nervous.

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Cancer Survivor Diem Brown's Meaningful Gift Guide for the Patients in Your Life | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown's Meaningful Gift Guide for Patients in Your Life

Originally posted 12/06/2012 11:15AM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

'Tis the season, and I know if you could give the gift of health to a loved one going through illness, you would. So, I thought blogging about a few great gift ideas for patients or caregivers of patients would be a nice holiday treat.

Everyone is different but most patients – whether they're fighting cancer or recovering from a car accident – spend a lot of time either at home or at the hospital. So think about giving a gift that helps make being at home or the hospital easier.

Here are my suggestions!

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Diem Brown Compares Chemo Brain to Pregnancy Brain | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Shares How Her Chemo-Brain Sends Her to Dumb-Dumbville

Originally posted 11/29/2012 03:20PM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

I have always been a list girl: Things I need to accomplish by a certain age; places I want to visit within five years; must-haves for my fall wardrobe. I actually have lists of my lists! 

I have always believed that by writing your hopes, dreams and your daily errands down, the lists become achievable. I guess it's that whole The Secret thang Oprah talked about, but basically for me, lists equal getting things done and moving forward.

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What Diem Brown Is Thankful for During Her Second Cancer Battle | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Is Thankful for Support System: Friends, Family and You

Originally posted 11/22/2012 11:00AM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

Cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie! What other three dishes scream Thanksgiving?  

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings back fond memories and immediately triggers you to reflect upon the past year.    

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Diem Brown Blogs About Friend's Breast Cancer Scare | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Blogs About Her Friend's Breast Cancer Scare

Originally posted 11/14/2012 05:15PM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures.

It's the phone call that you never want to get – the one that makes your blood heat, your senses perk up and your heart drop. It's the call where you find out that someone you love dearly is in danger.

When I pick up the phone I think my friend is calling to check in, but as I hear her strong steady voice start to uncharacteristically tremble, I know something is wrong.

"They found a lump," says my friend (who asked not to be named in my blog post). "My GYN wants me to get a mammogram tonight. Tell me it's okay. Please tell me it's okay. Tell me this is normal."

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Diem Brown Goes Bald – Shares New Video

Originally posted 11/08/2012 11:00AM



In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures

So here it is. The second half of something I have always searched for as a cancer patient. I have always wanted to see a video showing from start to finish what the chemo hair loss process looks like.

I did the first half of the video, and here is the second/final half of my road to chemo bald-dom. Yes, I have become fascinated by the way chemo kills fast-growing cancer cells, so seeing my hair fall out each day was a double-edge sword.

At first it was frustrating and emotional – but as time went on my hair loss has become my visual proof that the chemo is working and is killing the cancer cells in my body.

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Diem Brown: What the Hurricane Taught Me | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Blogs: What Hurricane Sandy Taught Me

Originally posted 11/01/2012 11:00AM

In her PEOPLE.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, opens up with her usual wit and insight about coping with chemotherapy.

"Sandy, oh Sandy" I can hear John Travolta crooning away in Grease, but now "Sandy" evokes a slightly different memory.

Forget "stranded at the drive-in." For the East Coasters affected by dear old Hurricane Sandy, it's more like stranded at your powerless apartment realizing, "Oh dear lawd, I'm addicted to technology!"

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