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Amber Marchese, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey , is blogging about her second battle with cancer for PEOPLE. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.
If you read my blog last week, you know I left off at a point where the doctors had to determine the Stage to which my disease progressed. As I said last week, the first step before determining your treatment is Staging your disease. My amazing oncologist, Dr. Michael Nissenblatt, began ordering a gamut of tests to see if and or how far the cancer spread. My first scan was a full body PET scan (positron emission tomography (PET) scan. The PET scan uses a radioactive substance to identify cells rapidly metabolizing sugar. Why do we care about sugar? That was my question.
Simply put, cancer cells grow at an accelerated rate and require a food source, so cells that are rapidly metabolizing sugar are growing (more on nutrition and cancer in a later blog). The PET scan identifies spots of increased activity. The cells that burn sugar are called "hot spots" because they literally glow on the scan, with a tumor glowing as it grows much faster than normal cells. Before you look at your PET scan and freak out, half your organs should glow! Remember many of your organs (like your heart) better have activity, or you are literally dead.
So my husband Jim and I drove to the radiology center. It was clear day, and the sky was blue, but I only know this because my husband told me – I was lost in thought.
In the latest chapter of the never ending divorce saga between Bethenny Frankel and her estranged husband Jason Hoppy, the reality star told fans last week that she didn't follow her own mantra of "going with her gut" when making her decision to wed Hoppy in 2010.
At the NYU Alumni Association's Speakers on the Square event (moderated by PEOPLE) Frankel – an NYU alumni who majored in Psychology and Communications – spoke out about her belief in going with your gut in everything from her business to personal life.
Asked by an audience member what her gut told her as she was about to wed Hoppy, she said, "I think my instinct and gut going into my marriage [knew] it would turn out the way it did. I could feel it, but I intellectualized it. People are always talking about 'Do I go with my head or my heart?' Go with your gut."
Yes, Teresa Giudice made a deal to pay back money she owes the federal government in connection with her bankruptcy fraud case – but she did so months ago, her attorney tells PEOPLE.
Bethenny Frankel may have returned to spice up The Real Housewives of New York City this season, but that doesn't mean she gets a say in how she's portrayed.
Although some of Frankel's cast mates have stated that she gets editorial approval over her scenes before episodes air, Andy Cohen said Sunday that she has "no warning" over the content, even when she acts "like a beast."
Her adult life is on full display on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Now, Kyle Richards will take fans inside her childhood.
The reality star is producing a TV Land comedy inspired by her upbringing, the network announced Tuesday. 30 Rock producer John Wells is also on board for the untitled project.
Starting today, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Amber Marchese will blog about her second battle with cancer on PEOPLE.com. After surviving breast cancer in 2009, she discovered a lump, which turned out to be cancerous, in her right breast in April. Marchese will share updates on her treatment and how she is coping with this second round of the deadly disease with prayer, a positive outlook and the help of her family.
Teresa Giudice speaks!
The tears continue to fall for Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel.
On last week's RHONY, Frankel had an emotional reunion with her estranged stepfather, whom she called "the only father I've ever known."
In PEOPLE's exclusive clip of tonight's episode, Frankel, 44, breaks down from the pressure to spend time away from her own daughter, Bryn, 5.