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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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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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