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Diem Brown Is Cancer Free Again

UpdatePosted 02/07/2013 01:30PM

Diem Brown Reacts to Cancer-Free News

Originally posted 02/07/2013 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.

Getting the call that changes your life ... literally!

I have been in this intense limbo ever since Jan. 4 when my CT Scan showed signs of a mass in my liver, which meant that there was a possible cancer spread.

Being a "veteran" of this now, I understood the doctors' concern because if cancer had spread into my liver, it was more than likely transferred by a lymph node – meaning the cancer could also be in other parts of my body.

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Diem Brown Blogs: How I Cope With My Anxiety

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Diem Brown Blogs: How I Cope With My Anxiety

Originally posted 01/31/2013 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.

The waiting game.

We have the technology to put a man on the moon, and the President and the Pope Tweet us in real-time updates. But when it comes to medical test results, it feels as if things move at a snail's pace. After waiting since Jan. 4 to supposedly find out on Jan. 25 about the "suspicious," "concerning" spot on my liver after my last CT scan, I come to find out these test results aren't as instant as I had imagined.

The waiting game is one that can – no lie – drive you mad! If I allow my anxiety to take control, I can immediately feel the tension all around me like a boa constrictor that is seemingly taking up the slack every time I let out an exasperated breath.

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Diem Brown Blogs: How I've Recommitted to My New Year's Resolutions

Diem Brown Recommits to Her New Year's Resolutions

Originally posted 01/24/2013 03:15PM

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 has been said that the third week of January is when most people start slipping or giving up on their New Year's resolutions. In the past, I always fell into this category too, but for the first time in my life I am holding onto my resolutions with a firm grasp. I believe the main reason for this is ... fear.

I received some scary news on Jan. 4 about my last CT scan. Given the weird type of ovarian cancer I have, the blood tests were not showing a change after chemo, so the doctors wanted to look at a CT scan to check my progress. When the scan showed too much scar tissue near where my ovary was removed (a result of the four surgeries), it became a "cross your fingers and hope all is well" situation. And then (gasp), my doctor spotted some sort of mass in my liver.

This is when I realized my New Year's resolutions were more important than ever. The doctor told me I had to wait until Jan. 25 to try another round of tests, and until then I needed to detox and pause chemo.

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Diem Brown Takes on the Trickiness of Dating During Cancer Battle

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Diem Brown Blogs: Getting Through the Ultimate Relationship Test

Originally posted 01/17/2013 01:00PM

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 think illness is the ultimate relationship test. You can see so many colors and facets of how different sets of relationships deal with a hardship when going through an illness. I'll get to the romantic relationship later, but I think the same test is put on friendships, families and even your relationship with your job.

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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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