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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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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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Diem Brown Blogs: Why My Ex Was My Security Blanket | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Blogs About Comfort and Recuperation

Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:00AM

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.

Comfort is something we all crave. We all want to feel stability when life throws us those inevitable curve balls. Comfort comes in many forms: in greasy food, a cozy blanket, your favorite rom-com and, of course, it also comes in drudging up past relationships.

On Wednesday night's season premiere of Rivals 2 on MTV it was revealed that after my second cancer battle my comfort blanket came in the form of my ex-boyfriend, CT, who saw me through my first cancer recovery.

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Diem Brown Blogs: I'm Back – And I've Got a New Challenge | Diem Brown

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Diem Brown Is Blogging Again for PEOPLE.com!

Originally posted 07/08/2013 07:00PM

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 about competing on her new show, MTV's The Challenge: Rivals II.

I'm back!

I'm so excited to start blogging for PEOPLE.com again. It's insane how much can change in a year, but the community I've felt on here made last year one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.

Now the crazy part … two weeks after my last chemo treatment I decided I wanted to live. Like really live and as cheesy and cliché as this sounds I felt this nagging desire to return to the MTV Challenges and compete amongst the crazies.

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Diem's Farewell Blog: There Are Happy Endings

Diem Brown Blogs: Farewell for Now

Originally posted 02/21/2013 03:45PM

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.

First and foremost, I feel so blessed to have been able to share my crazy journey and hear your personal experiences on this PEOPLE.com blog.

Although I won't be posting a blog as often going forward, I am so excited to be able to keep writing and posting blogs here when big things happen in my life and/or when I hear or see something that I think y'all would love to start a conversation about. Please Tweet me at @DiemBrown if you ever have any suggestions or think of a topic that you would like to throw out there!

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Diem Brown Wants You to Be Her Valentine

Diem Brown Blogs: Will You Be My Valentine?

Originally posted 02/14/2013 05:00PM

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.

I honestly cannot begin to express the emotions I felt last week. I have never felt so loved and cared for in my life. I actually started feeling guilty because I didn't know how to express my thanks to everyone who has read this blog, commented on here or on Facebook, Tweeted me, etc.

I felt an army of support that was with me through this whole "cancer" time. When you're in the midst of dark, stress-filled moments, it's hard to comprehend how many people out there are either going through the same/similar thing or want to help support you while you are in your fight.

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